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Life-Long Relationship Prompts Simple, yet Vital, Gift

Life-Long Relationship Prompts Simple, yet Vital, Gift
George and Judy Bruzza of Kalamazoo, Mich., have known the Sisters of St. Joseph a very long time. “My lifelong relationship with the sisters began when I was 5 years old in kindergarten and continued through eighth grade,” said George. “They taught me how to read, write and do long division. More importantly, through their words and their example, I learned the fundamental teachings of the Catholic Church, the value of prayer, self-discipline, and to respect all life.”

After George went on to graduate from medical school and completed his training in obstetrics and gynecology, he and Judy moved to Kalamazoo and joined the staff at Borgess Medical Center, which was sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph. Judy, a registered nurse, was employed in the newborn nursery there. They enrolled their children at St. Monica School, which was staffed by the sisters.

“Throughout our years of medical practice, Judy and I had the opportunity to interact with many of the sisters, as hospital administrators, clinical nurses, teachers, foreign missionaries, parish workers, and community activists,” George observed. “Now that I am retired, we are able to take advantage of some of ‘Transformations Spirituality Center’s’ thought-provoking, prayerful, and inspirational programs at the Nazareth Center. That’s quite a journey—from learning the ABCs as a kid to learning about the most profound truths of life,” he marveled.

George and Judy feel it’s important to support the sisters financially and help them to provide hope for the dear neighbors they serve. “The sisters are doing what Jesus told us to do; spreading the Gospel message through word and deed.” When the Bruzzas made their will, their attorney advised them that the simplest and most straightforward way to bequeath money to an organization was to name it as a beneficiary on an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). “We went to our securities broker and asked him to add the congregation as a beneficiary. He prepared the appropriate forms and we signed them.

The Bruzzas are enjoying some wonderful benefits of their generosity. “By designating the sisters as a beneficiary of our IRAs, it is good to know they will be able to continue their good works after our earthly lives are completed,” George added. “It’s an uncomplicated way to assist the sisters in their mission to help bring about the Kingdom of God on Earth.”

Upon making this gift, George and Judy Bruzza have become members of the Congregation of St. Joseph Heritage Society. The Heritage Society allows the congregation to publicly recognize those who have included the sisters in their estate plans. It’s just one small way the sisters can say, “Thank you!” If you are interested in designating the Congregation of St. Joseph as a beneficiary of your IRA, click the link below to learn more.

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