Each year, the Development Office of St. Bernard Abbey and School sponsors an appeal seeking support for the many ministries undertaken by the monks, faculty and staff. This appeal, which directly affects the day-to-day budgets of both the abbey and the school, is sent to all those who are associated with and connected to St. Bernard.
The Annual Appeal follows the fiscal year that begins on July 1st and closes on June 30th. In November formal letters are sent asking for everyone’s support in reaching the appeal’s goal which is $350,000 this year. Reaching this goal makes it possible for both the abbey and school to meet their budgetary requirements.
In his letter last November, Fr. Marcus wrote:
This year we celebrate the 120th anniversary of the founding of St. Bernard. The vision that inspired our founding fathers called for a ministry in education and an outreach to the needs of the people connected with our abbey. This vision continues to inspire the monks of our day.
For these 120 years, our schools have undertaken the vital task of providing a Christian environment where students can learn and prepare for their place in society. Our campus is a place where “guests are to be welcomed as Christ” as directed by St. Benedict in his Rule for Monks. It is a place where people can come aside to experience days on retreat and be renewed.
From the very beginning, patrons and benefactors have supported the monks in the work and ministries they have undertaken. Their participation has been essential to the financial health of St. Bernard, to its success and well-being. This is certainly the case today as we experience the economic pressures being placed on all of us.
I invite you to join us this year as we work to serve the many needs of our school and our ministries. I ask your help and seek your support especially this year as we open our 32nd Annual Appeal.
The goal of our appeal is to raise $350,000. These funds will be applied to the daily financial needs of our Abbey, our school and our ministries. Your gift will directly affect the lives of all of us.
Please make your donation check payable to the St. Bernard Annual Appeal or use your credit card if you prefer. If you wish to make a donation online, go to our website at www.stbernardprep.com and click on the “Donate” icon on the right side of the page.
When the monks gather for prayer, I promise our prayerful remembrance.
Sincerely in Christ
(Rev.) Marcus J. Voss, O.S.B.