May 2019 Dear Friends in Christ, In May, Catholic churches and schools throughout the world crown images of Mary, pray the rosary and special Marian novenas, and recognize Marian feast days, all honoring the Queen of Heaven and Earth.  Devotions to Mary have been a part of the Church since the earliest of days — from early Eastern Church iconography to Pope Gregory XVI crowning of the image known as Salus Populi Romani, of our Blessed Mother holding the Child Jesus. As Mother of the Church, Mary inspires our team at The Catholic Foundation to serve our community with grace, respect and love. This month, our activities included attending a Statewide Stewardship Day to learn from our peers, serving clergy before an ordination celebration, and continuing to prepare for an Investor Conference that will help generous donors like you establish your family’s Catholic legacy. All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. – Acts 1:14

Save The Date!

Investor Conference 2019 Corpus Christi Learn how you can expand the power of your philanthropy through professionally managed investments that are socially screened to respect Catholic values. We will also explain how you can establish your Catholic legacy by investing in ways that build faith community. Register today for our 2019 Investor Conference Series to learn about current and future Catholic-investment opportunities that increase the value of your gifts while supporting ministries close to your heart in the Diocese of Orlando. Our Catholic-investment portfolio offers a host of opportunities at many giving levels to support your philanthropic choice:

  • $20,000 or more to establish a new Endowment Fund to support your parish, school or ministry
  • $10,000 or more to establish your Donor-Advised Fund to support a ministry or organization in compliance with Catholic social teaching (beginning Winter 2019)
  • Any amount to an existing Endowment supporting parishes, schools and ministries

Our investment and philanthropy experts will discuss how Catholic values center our investment and growth philosophy. Our experts and staff will be available to answer your questions and help you establish your Catholic legacy. Please click here to read a Catholic philanthropy article by Colleen D. Mitchell who will be a featured speaker at The Catholic Foundation’s 2019 Investor Conference Series. 2019 Investor Conference Series Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Two Sessions Available: Morning or Afternoon Corpus Christi Catholic Church 1050 Celebration Avenue. Celebration, FL 34747 Morning Session: 8am – 12pm (Click here to register for 8am session) Afternoon Session: 1pm – 5pm (Click here to register for 1pm session) Upcoming: Winter 2019 Thursday, October 10, 2019 9AM – 2PM St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church 203 Ojibway Avenue. Titusville, Florida 32780 Click here to register for the Investor Conference at St. Teresa Seating is limited! Register today!

Florida Statewide Stewardship Day

2019 Stewardship Day 2019 Stewardship Day Father Leo and Kim This month, a half-dozen team members of The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida joined the 2nd Annual Statewide Stewardship Day in Miami, which Marta Sweeney, The Catholic Foundation’s Director of Annual Giving, helped to organize. (Please click here to learn more about Marta and other members of our team.) Stewardship Day was a collective effort of the stewardship & development staff in all seven dioceses of the Province of Miami. Speakers included Fr. Leo Patalinghug, an author and TV show host who is Founder of Plating Grace, an international apostolate strengthening families and relationships through God’s gift of a family meal. Kimberlee Peabody, of The Catholic Foundation, enjoyed Fr. Leo’s faith discussion and a serving of the meal he cooked onstage.

Congratulations Class of 2019!

Graduation Celebration Since the opening of our first school in Orlando in 1889, our Catholic schools have enjoyed a history of spiritual and academic success. Today, more than 14,500 students, from PreK to 12th grade and including those with special needs, are educated at 42 Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Orlando. Please click here to make a gift that provides accessible and affordable Catholic education through tuition assistance. To learn how The Catholic Foundation can help you establish an endowment that supports Catholic schools, please contact Kimberlee Peabody, Director of Philanthropic Engagement, at or 407-246-4885.

Our Catholic Appeal: Supporting Laity, Family & Life Ministries

OCA Laity and Family Life Your gift to Our Catholic Appeal supports a host of children, youth, college, adult and family ministries. Each year, more than 50,000 Catholics are served in parish-based catechetical ministries. Please click here to learn more. In Spanish: Sus donaciones a Nuestro Llamado Católico apoyan a más de 14,500 estudiantes en 42 escuelas católicas en la Diócesis de Orlando. Por favor haga clíc aquí para más información. To support OCA with a gift, please visit: For those who have already given, we are grateful.

Thank you!

In the Community: Ordination to the Priesthood

Deacon Derek Saldanha, of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Indialantic, was Ordained on May 25 at St. James Cathedral. The Catholic Foundation staff supported the event. 2019 05 Priest-Ordination Kimberlee 2019 05 Priest Ordination Vesting Please click here to support our seminarians on their journey to the priesthood. Your Catholic Legacy: Create it through our Planned Giving Tools Your Catholic Legacy can…

  • Pass on your Catholic values and traditions to your family and loved ones for generations to come
  • Share the love and wisdom of your life experiences with family while planning your Catholic legacy gift to the Church
  • Strengthen and support the services of the Catholic Church by investing in endowments for Catholic school tuition assistance, seminarian education or other ministries meaningful to you

As you provide for the future of your family, please consider supporting your spiritual family through a planned gift in your will, trust, life insurance or a charitable annuity. These gifts can support the Church’s ministries close to your heart. You are important to us because your Catholic Legacy gift allows us to share God’s blessings with our brothers, sisters and future generations! The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida can help you create a legacy for yourself or in memory of your loved one.  Find out more by visiting our newly revamped website at:

Anyone who has left a legacy gift or planned gift to their parish, parish school, or any organization in the Diocese of Orlando is invited to let The Catholic Foundation know so that we may honor you as part of the Vivos Christi Society.  Vivos Christi members each year are invited to An Evening of Gratitude with Bishop John Noonan. Please click here to learn how you can be part of the Vivos Christi society.  If you would like more information about Your Catholic Legacy, contact Janet Caramello, Director of Philanthropic Engagement and Planned Giving, at or 407-246-4802.

In the Community: Leadership Winter Park

Leadership Winter ParkLeadership Winter Park Leadership Winter Park is a program of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce that empowers and mobilizes leaders and community trustees for greater service in our region. During the year-long program, participants learn about the challenges and unique offerings of our community and ways they can be a part of the region’s leadership. Janet Caramello, of the Catholic Foundation, recently graduated from the program with 48 other participants. Janet was joined by Foundation President, Kimberlee Riley, at the luncheon celebrating the graduates and other community leaders. Please click here to learn more about Janet and other members of our team.

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