Members of the Father Thomas F. Price Catholic Heritage Society gathered on Wednesday, Oct. 26, for the fourth annual Appreciation Mass and Luncheon.
Twelve people received pins and were inducted to the program.
The inductees were honored for establishing charitable arrangements such as bequests, charitable gift annuities and beneficial designations of retirement plans and endowments.
Membership is open to any parishioner in the diocese who has named their parish or a diocesan ministry in their estate plans or established a permanent endowment.
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge thanked the new members for their ongoing commitments to the diocese and their foresight for long-term planning. He presented each member with a commemorative pin.
Keynote speaker, Father Ian Van Heusen, spoke about evangelization and the mission of his website, The Art of Living Well, to inspire conversion through prayer, meditation and beauty.
“Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral is a perfect symbol of what it means to evangelize,” Father Van Heusen said. “When people see something so beautiful, they think, ‘God must be even greater than this.’”
He continued, “When Saint Thomas Aquinas talks about the mission of the Trinity, he says it’s to move people from visible, tangible realities to invisible realities, and beauty bridges that gap.
“I’m incredibly grateful and filled with awe both as a [former] seminarian and now as a priest because so much of what I’m able to do is because of generous folks like you.”
In 2013, the Catholic Heritage Society was renamed the Father Thomas F. Price Catholic Heritage Society to honor the legacy of Father Price and the many wonderful works he helped establish during his life.
Father James F. Garneau, V.F., Ph.D., leads the Tribunal Study of the Cause for Beatification and Canonization of Fr. Thomas Price. He reported that the diocesan phase, which began in March 2012, is almost complete.
To learn more about how you can become a member, please contact Ryan Flood, director of Special Gifts for the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh at Ryan.Flood@raldioc.org or (919) 821-9774.