The Catholic Foundation partners with parishes and the larger Diocese to celebrate and honor those members of Christ’s faithful who are transforming the work and witness of the Church through their extraordinary generosity. We currently sponsor five distinctive giving societies:
Corpus Christi Society
Latin for “Body of Christ,” the Corpus Christi Society is a special network of generous and faithful Catholic leaders who make a gift of $10,000 or more to Our Catholic Appeal. Corpus Christi members make a tremendous difference in the lives of God’s people and inspire others to respond generously for the sake of the Church’s missionary work of education, pastoral care and outreach to the poor. Through their witness, they demonstrate what it means to be the Body of Christ in the world. 92 families are currently members of our Corpus Christi Society.
Lumen Christi Society
The ministries of our diocese - from Catholic Charities to Catholic education - are a means by which we, the Church, help the light of Jesus Christ to shine more brightly upon our world. The newly founded Lumen Christi Society honors those Catholic friends who, through a gift of $2,500 or more to Our Catholic Appeal,enable our diocesan ministries to bear witness to the light that never dims. 493 families are currently members of our Lumen Christi Society.
The Fidelis Society recognizes and honors those families who support Our Catholic Appeal for five or more consecutive years, regardless of the dollar amount. Through their consistent and faithful support, members of the Fidelis Society witness to the enduring presence of Christ in our world and to the growth of His kingdom. There are currently 20,155 members of the Fidelis Society.
Mary & Joseph Guild
Named in honor of our Lord’s earthly parents, the Mary & Joseph Guildrecognizes those families who have generously given to the Alive in Christ Campaign at the level of $10,000 or more. By sharing their gifts in a way that brings others to Christ, members of the Mary & Joseph Guild embody the pure and fruitful love of the Holy Family. As of December 31, 2012 more than 1,800 families have made a gift to Alive in Christ at this transformational level.
Vivos Christi Society
The Vivos Christi Society celebrates and honors those who provide for the future of our local Church through the beautiful gesture of a planned gift. Through their word and witness, members of the Vivos Christi Society demonstrate their trust in Jesus Christ and make visible His abiding presence in the hearts of His people. We currently have more than 600 members of the Vivos Christi Society.
Every year Bishop Noonan personally welcomes new members during the Vivos Christi Society Induction Ceremony, which is held at St. James Cathedral. This prayerful and celebratory event is typically held in the fall on a date close to the feast day of St. Therese of Lisieux, the “Little Flower,” who guides and inspires us as our Patroness.
Have you remembered your parish, a Catholic school or a ministry of the Diocese of Orlando in your will or estate plans? If so, Bishop Noonan would welcome the opportunity to honor you as a member of the Vivos Christi Society.
Please click here for more information on how to join the Vivos Christi Society.