To leave a legacy is to reveal our hearts. Through our final message, we share with the world the faith and values that brought us new life, and with gratitude we hand them on to others. It is one of the most intimate gifts we will ever give, and the Diocese of Orlando is committed to honoring the wishes of those who make such a commitment.  

Should you decide to remember the Church in your will or other estate plans, you have the flexibility to determine which ministries will receive your gift and for what purpose.  First and foremost we encourage you to provide for your family and your parish.  We hope you will then choose to include a gift that benefits one of our diocesan ministries.

Bequest Language

The following language is suggested for making a gift through your will, but you may adapt this language for other types of planned gifts, such as a life insurance policy or charitable gift annuity.

"I hereby give, devise and bequeath to John Noonan, as Bishop of the Diocese of Orlando, Florida, his successors in office and assigns, a corporation sole, the following: (dollar amount, percentage, or remainder) for the use and benefit of (here list one or more of the ministries and/or endowment funds listed below)."

Ministries to Support

A Catholic parish

After providing for your loved ones, we hope your first thought will be of your parish – your spiritual family. You can even designate your gift for a specific purpose, such as the Youth Ministry or parish food bank, by adding the following sentence to the bequest language: “I request that my gift be used for (specific purpose, ministry or fund).”

A Catholic school

By including a Catholic school in your will, you can provide enduring support for a ministry that the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, calls an “apostolate of Hope.” You can even designate your gift for a specific purpose, such as the school library or tuition assistance, by adding the following sentence to the bequest language: “I request that my gift be used for (specific purpose, ministry or fund).”

Retired priests under the Auspices of the Diocese of Orlando

Through your legacy gift, our diocese can ensure that these faithful men receive a comfortable and dignified retirement, with modest housing, basic living expenses, and access to medical care.

Seminarians under the Auspices of the Diocese of Orlando

The spiritual and educational formation of our future priests is one of the most important investments we can make in the life of our Church.

Tuition assistance for Catholic Schools under the Auspices of the Diocese of Orlando

Your legacy gift will help keep our schools accessible and affordable for all families regardless of their economic means

Catholic Charities of Central Florida

This vital ministry reaches out to those in need and provides food, shelter, clothing, and counseling.

Hope CommUnity Center

The Hope CommUnity Centerempowers Central Florida's immigrant and working poor communities.

The Diocesan Mission Office

The Mission Office assists the people of the Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic.

Catholic Campus Ministry

Create a legacy on behalf of thousands of Central Florida college students.

Bishop Grady Villas

Your gift will help support this family-oriented, Christ-centered residential community for adults with developmental disabilities.

San Pedro Retreat Center

Your gift can help San Pedro Center maintain a peaceful sanctuary for workshops, summer camp, or a quiet rest with the Lord.

Unrestricted Gifts for Urgent Needs

While many generous Catholics wish to support a particular ministry of the Church, others prefer to make a gift that can be used to meet the most pressing needs of the diocese, whatever those needs may be. Such gifts are especially generous and faithful because they enable our Bishop to strengthen those ministries that are most in need of support.  Should you wish to make an unrestricted gift, please use the suggested language below.

I hereby give, devise and bequeath to John Noonan, as Bishop of the Diocese of Orlando, Florida, his successors in office and assigns, a corporation sole, the following: (amount or percentage) to be used at the bishop’s discretion in meeting the needs of God’s people.”

Endowments to Support

The following funds are permanent endowment funds. When you include one of these endowments in your will, your gift will be invested rather than spent, and the earnings will provide a never-ending stream of support.

Adelaida Valdes Endowment

to assist the tuition needs of female students attending Holy Redeemer Catholic School, Kissimmee, with preference to parishioners of St. Catherine of Siena, Kissimmee.

Albert J. and Christine M. Hackl Endowment Fund for the Benefit of Holy Spirit Church

to support the pastoral and spiritual activities of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Lake Wales.

All Souls Catholic Church Capital Improvement Fund

Ann Hefferin Memorial Endowment Fund


Bishop Thomas G. Wenski Charity Fund

to allow the Bishop of Orlando to assist worthy ministries that are either a part of our fall outside of the Diocese of Orlando.

Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Ocala, Endowment Fund

Catholic Campus Ministry Endowment

to support the vital programs and services of Catholic Campus Ministry.

Catholic Charities of Central Florida Endowment Fund

to support the vital programs and services of Catholic Charities of Central Florida.

The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida, Inc. Endowment Fund

assists The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida, Inc. to carry out the work of mission advancement in the Diocese of Orlando.

Deforest W. and Margaret Y. Bullard Scholarship Fund

for school scholarships for students attending the Basilica School of St. Paul.

The Dorothy and Walter Shelley Family Scholarship Endowment Fund

for tuition assistance to students at Father Lopez High School maintaining at least a 3.5 grade point average and with demonstrated need.

Endowment Fund of the Basilica of Mary Queen of the Universe Shrine

to support the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, in its exempt purposes of spreading the Roman Catholic religion, providing sacramental and other support to those visiting the Central Florida area, and bringing Christ and Mary to the multitudes.

Fr. Frank Zammit Endowment Fund

to assist economically disadvantaged children to attend a Catholic school and to sponsor a Marian essay contest.

The Hackl Family Endowment for Charity

to provide benefits to the needy in the area and surrounds of Polk County presently served by the Catholic parishes, missions and other charitable organizations in and around Lake Wales, Bartow, Wahneta, Haines City, Ft. Meade and other smaller towns and communities.

The Henry S. Sitkowski Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Ian A. Gilmore Memorial Scholarship Endowment

The Jillian Elizabeth Blais Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund

to award tuition assistance to a current Father Lopez High School student entering the sophomore, junior or senior year.

The Kelly Reen Memorial Endowment Fund

to provide two annual scholarships for Bishop Moore High School – one for an incoming freshman from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School, and one for a graduating senior from Bishop Moore Catholic High School.

Leonard T. (Pat) Murphy Scholarship Endowment

The Michael Scheve Endowment Fund

to provide financial assistance to deserving students at both Bishop Moore Catholic High School and Morningstar School.

Peregrini Pro Christo Fund

gifts are allocated among three separate endowments that support Catholic school tuition assistance, seminarian education and retired priests.

Priests' Retirement Fund

to provide support and housing for all priests upon their retirement from active service.

Recruiting and Forming Clergy and Lay Leaders Fund

to recruit and form clergy, inspire vocations, and address the well-being of our priests.

Seminarians Fund

to provide tuition assistance to seminarians in the Diocese of Orlando.

St. John Vianney Catholic School Endowment Fund

St. Matthew Catholic Church Endowment Fund

to improve and develop the spiritual and outreach life of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Winter Haven.

St. Timothy Catholic Church Educational Endowment Fund

The Sister Elizabeth Murphy Tuition Assistance Fund

The Sylvia Hope Horrigan Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Tuition Assistance Endowment

to provide scholarships to worthy Catholic elementary and high school students within the Diocese of Orlando.

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