You have never met Valeriana, but you touched her life at a tragic time with your prayers and gift of generosity. She and her sick husband watched as their family home and possessions were destroyed by an earthquake in the Philippines. They were devastated by their loss and terrified of their desperate situation. Your prayers and gifts came to Valeriana and her husband through Brother Mark Zarate, OFM, who listened to their anguished story and comforted them in their loss. He and other Franciscan missionary friars brought Valeriana, her husband, and their neighbors tarps for tents, food, blankets, sanitary kits, mosquito nets, and much needed hope.

Gift of Generosity does not go Unnoticed

As Brother Mark and the friars left the village that day, the grateful people said goodbye. Valeriana spoke quietly to Brother Mark, “You are instruments of God’s blessings for us. In our agony, we are reminded that God is with us.” Her words are meant for you too because you touched her life. All that our Franciscan missionaries do for others is possible because of you. You are an instrument of God’s blessings to our Franciscan missionaries and poor, vulnerable people in missions around the world. Your prayers and gifts remind them that God is with them through your friendship, compassion, and the gifts you share.

We Would Be So Grateful To You

Would you consider being an instrument of God’s blessings to Franciscan missionaries and countless people in the missions for years to come? When you are deciding what is to be done with the earthly goods God has entrusted to you during your life, please think of Franciscan missionaries. A gift in your will, however small or large, would help Franciscan missionaries care for the spiritual and material needs of the poor after your lifetime. We would be so grateful to you! When preparing or reviewing your will or estate plan, you can discuss with your attorney or financial adviser the options available to you. Some possibilities include naming the General Secretariat of the Franciscan Missions, Inc. in a will or living trust, or as designated beneficiary of bank accounts, retirement funds, annuities, or life insurance policies. We also accept gifts of stocks or bonds.

To discuss your estate planning with us, please call our Franciscan Missions office at (262) 534-5470 and talk with Ms. Carolyn Schmit. If you have remembered or decide to include Franciscan Missions in your estate plan, thank you!  We would like to welcome you as a perpetual member of our Legacy of Hope and inscribe your name in the Legacy Book in our Franciscan Missions chapel. You will receive the spiritual benefits that flow from the prayers and Masses offered for you by Franciscan friars around the world.

A Valuable Resource To Assist You

Today, I would like to offer you a free planning guide. Our Personal Affairs Record is a valuable resource to assist you in organizing your affairs in one convenient location. Whether you are planning to visit with an attorney or helping your family should they ever need this information, it will be readily available when that time comes. To request your free booklet, take a moment and click the button below, fill out the information and submit your request.

Once again, would you consider making a gift of generosity to Franciscan Missions in your will or estate plan? Through your gift, you would bring God’s love and blessings to people for years to come. And you will have great peace of mind in knowing that you have made your wishes known and have made all the necessary arrangements for your wishes to be carried out.

Thank you for the gift of generosity. You, your loved ones, and your intentions are remembered in the daily prayers of grateful Franciscan missionaries across the globe.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Bro. Andrew Brophy, OFM

Executive Director


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