Guide to Giving

Annual Giving

Your gifts in support of the annual operations of the Seminary make an important difference in the daily lives of our students - days filled with reflection, study, prayer, and growth. The Annual Fund is a key component of the overall development program at Sacred Heart Major Seminary and is a vital source of unrestricted operating funds.  The Annual Fund allows the Seminary the flexibility of directing funds where its needs and opportunities are the greatest.

And this is most important at this critical moment in our history—with enrollment surging, and the introduction of new programs—we need a solid financial base to meet predictable increases in operating costs, to continue to attract the best and brightest faculty, to continue providing the scholarship aid so essential for deserving students, and to ensure our ability to adjust to changes that are as inevitable as they are unknown.

Tribute Gifts

Tribute or memorial gifts are a special way to support Sacred Heart while paying tribute to a special person in your life. This is an especially thoughtful way to honor or remember loved ones or the fine priests who have served your family or parish.

If you desire, the Seminary will inform the honoree or a designated family member of your gift (amount is not disclosed). Simply specify the name and address of the person you wish to have notified with your contribution and we will send them a special acknowledgement.

Matching Gifts

Does your company have a matching gift program? Pursuing a matching gift is an easy way to maximize your donation to the Seminary sometimes doubling or tripling the amount of your gift. Simply submit a matching gift form from your employer and send it to Sacred Heart Major Seminary with your contribution. Click here to find out if your company will match your gift.

The Fishermen’s Fund

Did you know that Sacred Heart seminarians, diaconate candidates and lay ministry students often must assume the burden of personal debt as they follow God's call to service? Sacred Heart Major Seminary's Fishermen's Fund, established and supported by the laity, exists to ensure that no vocation to the Roman Catholic priesthood, diaconate or lay ministry is hindered due to financial need.  Learn more

For more information on the many ways that you may support Sacred Heart Major Seminary including establishing your own endowment fund contact Jim Thomas (313) 596-7450 or use our online contact form.

Sacred Heart Major Seminary (EIN 38-1358214) is a tax-exempt institution of higher education under Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code. Accordingly, your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please consult your tax advisor. 

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The Archbishop’s Gala

Each June, Archbishop Allen Vigneron welcomes supporters to the Archbishop’s Gala for Sacred Heart Major Seminary. This annual event is always a great time with delicious food, entertainment and wonderful fellowship celebrating the amazing accomplishments of Sacred Heart Major Seminary while supporting our future priests, deacons and lay ministers.

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