A bequest to further God's work
Lois Mills, a parishioner of St. James Cathedral, chose to make a planned gift to several ministries. She shared with us what moved her to make this gift:
I included my parish and diocese in my estate plans because to me it is an expression of my commitment to my community that will endure after I am gone. I chose three ministries that have special meaning.
First, I have always admired the work of our St. Vincent de Paul Society. I have been personally acquainted with some of their volunteers and with the work they do. I believe that social justice and helping those in need are important spiritual practices and essential elements of Catholic teaching. I consider being able to help this ministry to be a gift.
The other ministries I chose were the Morning Star Catholic School for developmentally disabled children and Bishop Grady Villas which is a residence for disabled adults. I believe they perform great service to people who are all too often marginalized. I also chose them to honor my late son, James Henry who was developmentally disabled and who, unfortunately, survived for just under two years.
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