By Anna Thomasson
Since going through a very painful divorce in the late 80's, the Franciscan Renewal Center has been my spiritual home. No matter how broken, or bad, or unworthy I felt, whenever I came here, I knew I was somehow ok. As a cradle Catholic, I always knew God was with me, but here, I could actually feel Him.
After healing from my divorce, I felt guilty staying here at the Casa, thinking I should go back to a traditional parish and share our Franciscan charism. But I didn't want to leave.
So, I made a deal.
I would allow myself to keep worshiping with this wonderful, nurturing community and, in return, I would continue to serve and share our good works. After helping with communications for our capital campaign, I felt more strongly than ever that this beautiful and peaceful place of healing and transformation needs to last for a long time. So I joined the Endowment Committee and made a legacy gift to the Casa to be paid after I die.
I felt safe making my pledge, because my husband, Gary, and I know that if our circumstances change, I can change my gift. While I am still leaving gifts to my family, I know that they would want me to support the Franciscan Renewal Center because it means so much to me.
Mary Dunn is our Director of the Endowment Initiative and you can talk to her about an endowment and joining the La Verna Legacy Society by calling (480) 355-0345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.