Retired Priest Appreciation

Endowment Fund

The Retired Priest Appreciation Fund offers a way for us to give back to the Catholic priests who have served us so faithfully. Your gift will help retired diocesan priests who currently receive $1,000 a month in retirement benefits from the Diocese of El Paso with modest assistance to supplement their benefits.

Current Value

Reaching our goal would provide a yearly distribution of $250,000 to help senior priests stay well and active in our communities.

About this Fund

Priest retirement has been a priority of the Catholic Foundation, and of donors throughout the Diocese, since its inception in 2001. The Catholic Foundation’s goal is to build the Retired Priest Appreciation Fund to $5 million. A fund of this size will provide welcome supplemental income to retired priests, most of whom continue to serve parishioners well into their retirement.

Throughout decades of growth and change in the Diocese of El Paso, what has remained a constant is the commitment of our priests. They are our builders, our teachers, our counselors and friends; they exemplify Christ’s love for all. Our priests are with us every step of the way—celebrating the birth of a child, burying our deceased loved ones, celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage, and blessing our homes. They offer their lives without expectation of financial gain beyond that which they need to sustain themselves. It is only right they should be given the opportunity to live out their final years in peaceful retirement.

Upcoming Events

September 23, 2021

15th Annual Foundation of Faith Event: Ignite Your Hearts

We are going VIRTUAL in 2021 with the dynamic Mark Hart and musical guest Israel Houghton! The event will be live streamed on YouTube. Going virtual means that we can reach more people, raise more funds to support this great mission, and you get to have more fun!

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Why Give to Endowment?

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.

Other Ways to Give

In addition to online donations, there are a variety of ways you can donate to support this fund.

By Phone or Mail

To donate by phone, please call:
(915) 872-8412
(Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT)

To mail your donation:
Download our Donation Form PDF

Monthly Giving

Monthly giving can be a powerful way to provide sustainable, long-term support for our Catholic community. As little as $20 (66 cents a day) can make a difference for the people and parishes that are helped by the ministries and charities of the Diocese of El Paso.

Setup a Monthly Donation

Legacy & Planned Giving

Make a planned gift through a charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, life insurance policy, retirement plan, or other planned giving instrument.

Learn more about planned giving

Establish a Named Fund

Donors may create a Named Fund with a gift or pledge of $10,000 or more over a five-year period benefiting the endowment fund of their choice. If you are interesting in establishing a Named Fund in honor of an endowment fund, please contact us online or call (915) 872-8412.

Named Fund Donors Supporting the Retired Priest Appreciation

Frank and Barbara Ainsa Fund
Leroy and Rose Baeza Fund
Marshall and Julia Condon† Fund - El Paso Community Foundation
Rev. James M. Coindreau Fund
Gilbert G. and Lupe Estrada Fund
Robert V.† and Juanita S. Falvey Fund
Frank W. and Barbara Gorman, Jr.† Fund
Rollo R.† & Doris Gurss Fund in honor of Rev. Richard A. Matty†
Mercedes Guzman† Fund in honor of the Hornedo Family
Albert R. Haag† Fund
David and Angelica† Lemaster Fund
Fred and Maria Loya and Family Fund in honor of Msgr. Francis J. Smith
Rudolph and Elvia Miles† Fund
Carolyn Mora Fund
Moises Salazar† Fund
Shaw and Jody Skinner Family Fund
St. Raphael Parish Fund
Benjamin A. and Machelle Vanecek Fund
Oscar and Martha Venegas Fund
Paul and Patricia Yetter Fund
Reverend Richard A. Matty† Fund
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