The Reverend Monsignor Francis J. Smith Scholarship Fund was established in his honor and provides scholarships for young students who could not otherwise afford to attend St. Raphael Catholic School.
Reverend Monsignor Francis J. Smith served as the shepherd of St. Raphael Parish and School for 29 years. An energetic and attentive leader, Monsignor Smith is admired for his humor, tenacity, intelligence, and loyalty. In honor of Monsignor Smith’s retirement, a scholarship fund for St. Raphael School was established in Monsignor Smith’s name to help preserve St. Raphael’s mission well into the future.
Gifts and pledges of all sizes are welcome. Tax-deductible donations can be made on a one-time basis or over a period of time—1-5 years, and you can pay with check, credit card, or automatic debit. You may also choose the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso to leave a bequest for St. Raphael School in honor of Reverend Monsignor Francis J. Smith.
Monsignor Smith will be missed but never forgotten. Help honor our beloved Monsignor Smith with a gift in his memory.
Endowed funds provide a vehicle through which individuals make outright or planned gifts that will have an everlasting impact on the ministry/parish/school. In time the income generated by the gift will far exceed the original donation.
As a result, endowed funds provide a perpetual, supplemental source of income for such things as the enhancement of programs and ministries, facilities maintenance, scholarships and seminary assistance, priest retirement, etc. Learn more about endowed funds.
In addition to online donations, there are a variety of ways you can donate to support this fund.
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Monthly giving is a powerful way to provide sustainable, long-term support. As little as $20 (66 cents a day) can make a difference for the people helped by the parishes, schools, ministries, and charities in the Diocese of El Paso.
Creating a bequest in your will for the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso is a powerful statement in your legacy, and costs you nothing today.
Donors may create a Named Fund benefiting the endowed fund of their choice with a gift or pledge of $10,000 or more over a five-year period. If you're interested in creating a legacy in honor or memory of a loved one, contact us online or call (915) 872-8412.