St. Therese of Liseux Society

I understood that if the Church had a body composed of different members, the most necessary and most noble of all could not be lacking to it, and so I understood that the Church had a Heart and that this Heart was burning with love. I understood it was Love alone that made the Church’s members act, that if Love ever became extinct, apostles would not preach the Gospel and martyrs would not shed their blood. I understood that Love comprised all vocations, that Love was everything, that it embraced all times and places...in a word, that it was eternal!

Story of a Soul, St. Therese of Lisieux

The St. Therese Society was established to honor all those who have taken the special step of including the Catholic Leadership Institute in their long-term plans through life income, bequest and other estate and planned gifts. This legacy gift ensures ongoing leadership formation and support for our bishops, priests and lay leaders that strengthen their confidence and competence in ministry.

The Society is named for St. Therese of Lisieux, known as the “Little Flower.” St. Therese left behind a spiritual legacy for the Church. Her writings did not become well known until after her passing, but have since, impacted and influenced generations of Catholics worldwide by deepening their relationship with Christ.

In September 1890, at her canonical examination before she professed her religious vows, she was asked why she had come to Carmel. She answered “I came to save souls, and especially to pray for priests.” St. Therese’s prayerful support of our priests and desire to enable the salvation of souls is one that is echoed in Catholic Leadership Institute’s mission and vision. A legacy gift to the Catholic Leadership Institute enables continued ministry to our bishops, priests and lay leaders so that they are empowered to minister to their people and create more vibrant faith communities rooted in Jesus Christ.

Qualifications for Membership

We are pleased to include in the St. Therese Society individuals who provide support for the Catholic Leadership Institute in one or more of the following ways:

  • Make a bequest to Catholic Leadership Institute through a will or living trust
  • Establish a gift with Catholic Leadership Institute that provides a stream of payments to the donor for life, such as a charitable gift annuity, charitable trust or pooled income fund
  • Name Catholic Leadership Institute as owner and/or beneficiary of a life insurance policy
  • Name Catholic Leadership Institute as a beneficiary of an IRA, 401(k), 403(b) or other retirement plan.
  • Establish a charitable remainder trust to benefit Catholic Leadership Institute
  • Make some other form of estate or planned gift to Catholic Leadership Institute, such as a gift of a life estate or charitable lead trust.

Membership Benefits

St. Therese Society members receive special mailings from the Catholic Leadership Institute including our planned giving newsletter and our Annual Mass Remembrance for members on the feast of St. Therese, October 1. St. Therese Society members are also invited to Catholic Leadership events such as virtual graduations, Good Leaders, Good Shepherds observation, and other regional gatherings. Most important, members have the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping ensure the future of the Catholic Leadership Institute and benefiting future generations of Catholic leaders.

Joining the St. Therese Society

To become a member, please contact Nicole Berlucchi, , regarding the nature of the bequest or planned gift made. We ask individuals to supply documentation of their gift, such as a copy of the specific paragraph or section of a will or trust document that designates his or her commitment to Catholic Leadership Institute. All information provided will be maintained in the strictest confidence. If you wish, you may be enrolled as an anonymous member.