Endowments of the Catholic Foundation of Eastern Montana

The Catholic Foundation currently manages more than 100 permanently-restricted endowments. All established by donors like you. These are funds which are invested in perpetuity and pooled for maximum earning power in support of the distinct beneficiaries (parishes, schools, diocesan ministries, Catholic organizations). Below is a list of the Foundation’s endowments and short descriptions of their purpose.

Greatest Needs Endowment

Earnings used as determined by the Foundation’s volunteer board of directors, made up of laypersons from throughout our diocese who have a special passion for building a strong and stable future for the Catholic Church.

Endowments For Individual Parishes

Many parishes have endowments that provide a dependable source of funds to underwrite parish programs, operations and ministries. This helps a parish to faithfully budget each year and also helps to ensure the long-term viability of the church. Click below for a list of current parish endowments with the Catholic Foundation of Eastern Montana.

Parish Endowments

Absarokee
St. Michael Greatest Needs Endowment

Ballantyne
St. Cyril and St. Methodius Greatest Needs Endowment

Baker
St. John the Evangelist (Baker) Greatest Needs Endowment

Belt
St. Mark Greatest Needs Endowment

Big Sandy
St. Margaret Mary Greatest Needs Endowment

Big Timber
St. Joseph Greatest Needs Endowment

Billings
Mary Queen of Peace Greatest Needs Endowment
St. Bernard Greatest Needs Endowment
St. Bernard Mission Endowment
St. Patrick Co-Cathedral Friesen Scholarship Endowment
St. Patrick Co-Cathedral Greatest Needs Endowment
St. Pius X Cemetery Endowment
St. Pius X Ministry Endowment
St. Thomas the Apostle Don and Jane Ryan Endowment for Those in Need
St. Thomas the Apostle Greatest Needs Endowment

Box Elder
St. Anthony Religious Education Endowment

Bridger
Sacred Heart Greatest Needs Endowment

Cascade
Sacred Heart Greatest Needs Endowment

Columbus
St. Mary Greatest Needs Endowment

Crow Agency
St. Dennis Greatest Needs Endowment

Culbertson
St. Anthony Greatest Needs Endowment

Fort Benton
Immaculate Conception Greatest Needs Endowment
Immaculate Conception Old Church Restoration Endowment

Fort Shaw
St. Ann Novak and Toman Families Endowment for Greatest Needs

Glasgow
St. Raphael Francis and Bernadine Gallagher Endowment for Greatest Needs
St. Raphael Greatest Needs Endowment

Glendive
Sacred Heart Greatest Needs Endowment

Great Falls
Corpus Christi Greatest Needs Endowment
Holy Spirit Building Endowment
Holy Spirit Greatest Needs Endowment
Holy Spirit Ruth Sharone Endowment for the Parish Relief Fund
Our Lady of Lourdes Greatest Needs Endowment
St. Ann Cathedral Greatest Needs Endowment
St. Ann Cathedral Johnnie Sharone Endowment for St. Ann Kitchen

Hardin
St. Joseph Greatest Needs Endowment

Havre
St. Jude Thaddeus Greatest Needs Endowment

Hays
St. Paul Mission Building and Maintenance Endowment

Laurel
St. Anthony Greatest Needs Endowment

Lewistown
St. Leo the Great Ed and Mary Althoff Endowment for the Parish Cemetery
St. Leo the Great Greatest Needs Endowment

Livingston
St. Mary Greatest Needs Endowment

Lodgepole
St. Thomas Building and Maintenance Endowment

Malta
St. Mary Building and Maintenance Endowment
St. Mary Greatest Needs Endowment

Miles City
Sacred Heart Greatest Needs Endowment

Moore
St. Mathias Greatest Needs Endowment

Nashua
Queen of Angels Greatest Needs Endowment

Poplar
Our Lady of Lourdes Greatest Needs Endowment

Plentywood
St. Joseph Greatest Needs Endowment

Red Lodge
St. Agnes Greatest Needs Endowment

Rocky Boy
St. Mary Greatest Needs Endowment
St. Mary Religious Education Endowment

Scobey
St. Philip Greatest Needs Endowment

Sidney
St. Matthew Greatest Needs Endowment

Stanford
St. Rose of Lima Boeck Family Endowment for Greatest Needs

Wibaux
St. Peter Greatest Needs Endowment

Wolf Point
Immaculate Conception Greatest Needs Endowment

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Endowments for the Benefit of our Diocese

Greatest Needs of the Diocese Endowment

Supports operations of the Diocese, as determined by the Bishop and his staff.

Parish Assistance Endowment

Provides assistance to a parish which finds itself in need of support beyond its own resources. The Catholic Foundation of Eastern Montana’s Board of Directors determines allocations. “Caring for each other in our own backyard”could be the name of this endowment!

Priest Retirement Endowment

Many diocesan priests have served faithfully for their lifetimes, bringing Sacraments to our communities. This endowment benefits the organization (Clerical Benefits Association) that provides pensions for our priests.

Sacred Heart Renewal Center Endowment

Intended for maintenance and operational expenses of the Sacred Heart Renewal Center in Billings.

Seminarian Education Endowment

Helps provide an essential and perpetual source of revenue to meet the ever-increasing educational costs of seminarians preparing to serve the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings.

Spiritual Growth Endowment

Earnings provided to the Diocese for spiritual education, growth and renewal purposes, as determined by the Bishop.

St. Thomas Catholic Camp Endowment

Provides for the ongoing structural, programming and participant needs of this Catholic camp nestled in the beautiful Little Belt Mountains. St. Thomas Camp offers youth in grades 5-12 opportunities for excellent spiritual, physical, faith and friend-forming experiences.

Tribunal Endowment

Supports the Tribunal ministry of our diocese, which assists individuals seeking annulments, and supports marriage in the Church through education, Engaged Encounter, Marriage Encounter, and Retrouvaille and ministers to the divorced and widowed through the TESH program.

Youth and Young Adult Ministry Endowment

Supports the personnel and programs that are resources for the formation, growth and renewal of our youth and young adults.

Endowments That Benefit Catholic Schools

Great Falls Central Catholic High School (GFCCHS)

GFCCHS Ginnaty McArthur Scholarship Endowment
GFCCHS Greatest Needs Endowment
GFCCHS Keenen Dunn Scholarship Endowment
GFCCHS Mary E. Miller Endowment
GFCCHS Mustang Academic Challenge (MAC) Endowment
GFCCHS Scholarship Endowment
GFCCHS Margaret Wynn Scholarship Endowment

Holy Spirit School - Great Falls

Holy Spirit School Greatest Needs Endowment
Holy Spirit Margaret Wynn Scholarship Endowment

Our Lady of Lourdes School - Great Falls

Our Lady of Lourdes School Greatest Needs Endowment

St. Jude Thaddeus School – Havre

St. Jude Thaddeus School (Havre) Teacher Excellence Endowment

Sacred Heart School - Miles City

Sacred Heart School Greatest Needs Endowment
Patrick and Katherine Shevlin Memorial Endowment

St. Mary School - Livingston

Bill Tecca Memorial Endowment for the Greatest Needs of St. Mary School
St. Mary School Greatest Needs Endowment
St. Mary School Scholarship Endowment
St. Mary School Teacher Endowment

Endowments for Catholic Organizations in Our Diocese

Catholic Social Services of Montana Endowment

To benefit the mission of Catholic Social Services of Montana, which includes adoption services and counseling, intermediary services, and programs designed to heal the wounds caused by abortion

Clem Nagengast Scholarship Endowment of the Knights of Columbus Council #3911

To provide post-secondary scholarships for Catholic students from the Fort Benton and Geraldine communities

Poor Clares of Montana Endowment

To support the whole Church through lives dedicated to prayer

St. Vincent de Paul of Billings Endowment

Catholic lay organization offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the Billings area, including the hungry, homeless, sick and disabled

Wolf Point Knights of Columbus Endowment

Supporting the services and operational needs of the Wolf Point Knights of Columbus Council #1959

Named Endowments

A permanently endowed fund enables you to provide ongoing support for a specific parish, school or Catholic ministry operated within the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings. Such a fund can bear either your name or the name of a person or institution you would like to honor. Anyone can add to an existing named endowment (one that another person has already established). Please contact us to learn how to start your own named endowment.

Following are the named endowments currently administered by the Foundation:

Don and Jane Ryan Endowment

Distributions made to St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Billings, in support of St. Thomas parishioners in need, to protect the more vulnerable amongst us, particularly the unborn, and to increase vocations to the religious life.

Frances and Bernadine Gallagher Endowment

For the greatest needs of St. Raphael Parish in Glasgow.

Frank and Emma A. Novak Endowment

For the education of men to the priesthood in the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

Fred S. and Marie C. Toman Endowment

For the education of men to the priesthood in the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

Holy Spirit Ruth Sharone Endowment

Distributions support the Holy Spirit (Great Falls) “Parish Relief Fund” to assist those in need

Johnnie Sharone Endowment

For greatest needs of St. Ann’s Kitchen, feeding the hungry in the Great Falls Community

Novak and Toman Families Endowment

For the greatest needs of St. Ann Church in Fort Shaw

Patrick and Katherine Shevlin Memorial Endowment

For the greatest needs of Sacred Heart School in Miles City

St. Patrick Friesen Scholarship Endowment

For scholarships for post-secondary education to Catholic students who are parishioners of St. Patrick Co-Cathedral in Billings

Steffen Endowment

For greatest needs as determined by the Board of the Catholic Foundation of Eastern Montana

Wesley F. and Emma F. Toman Endowment

For the benefit of the Poor Clares of Montana

Wesley F. and Emma F. Toman Endowment

For the education of men to the priesthood in the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

Your Endowment Gift as a Memorial or to Honor Someone

In Memory of Gifts

A wise person once said, “Flowers are for the living. Memorials should be eternal.”

We miss those who have died and passed into God’s hands. Our memories of them are precious and we look for ways that will celebrate their lives and their legacy.

Click here to make a memorial gift to an existing endowment. To set up a new endowment as a memorial, please contact us.

In Honor of Gifts

If there is someone special you would like to honor, establishing a tribute is a meaningful way to celebrate them while supporting the ministry you choose that may also be important to them.

Click here to make a gift in honor to an existing endowment. To set up a new endowment as a tribute to honor someone living, please contact us.