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Love for a Family Member Develops into a Commitment to the Sisters' Mission
For Mary Nielsen, the decision to support the sisters through her estate developed out of love and admiration for a family member. Mary's great aunt, Rose Nash, Sister Inez Nash in religious life, entered the congregation in 1922 and entered eternal life in 1997.
"She entered when she was in her mid-teens and was a dedicated, devoted, and happy sister until she died in her 90s," said Mary. "One of our favorite things to do when we visited Huntington and Wheeling (in West Virginia) on vacation was to see Aunt Rose. She was cheerful, funny, and a great example of the joy that can be found in the religious life. She was so funny and good natured and would let us tease her about her height; by the time my siblings and I each reached 8 years old, we were taller than Aunt Rose! She could stand tall under my dad's outstretched arm! She also was a wonderful principal of a grade school and quite innovative, too. She had TVs in classrooms long before it caught on in public schools. The last time we all saw her was a family reunion in Wheeling. I have a wonderful photo of her with my mom, my sister, and her newly born daughter what a beautiful picture of the generations," Mary continued.
When asked why she feels it's important to make financial contributions in support of the sisters, Mary believes that the sisters have put their lives in God's hands to do His work here on earth. "It's the one way I, too, can participate in His work." Specifically speaking, Mary chose to support the sisters through a bequest in her Last Will and Testament. Mary shares that she feels a bequest allows her to give more to the sisters than what she could in an annual contribution. "I wanted to help continue their missionary work. I remember one priest who spoke at my parish who said that those who can go to the missions, go; those that can't go, give," she said. "I wanted to help these women both in their active work and as they got older and needed more care themselves. I have already been so blessed by knowing them all my life," Mary continued.
Mary shares that she read about charitable bequests in one of the congregation's publications, and she simply asked her attorney to make her desire to support the sisters a part of her will. One of the things Mary likes about leaving a bequest to the sisters is that it's a non-taxable contribution, and for someone who may have estate taxes to contend with, a charitable bequest may be an opportunity to lower a taxable estate, thus allowing for a greater gift to loved ones.
If you are interested in leaving a bequest to the sisters in your will or want to make a distribution to the sisters through your revocable (living) trust, the congregation offers language for such provisions that you can take to your attorney. To obtain this information, click the link below or contact Gary W. Mulhern, our Gift Planning Specialist, at 304.232.8160, ext. 148.
Click Here to review sample bequest language.