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 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. Pius X Building and Maintenance Endowment
St. Thomas the Apostle Beautification and Preservation Endowment
St. Thomas the Apostle Don and Jane Ryan Endowment (for Parish Stewardship)
St. Thomas the Apostle Greatest Needs Endowment

Box Elder
St. Anthony Greatest Needs Endowment
St. Anthony Religious Education Endowment

Bridger
Sacred Heart Greatest Needs Endowment

Cascade
Sacred Heart Greatest Needs Endowment

Chinook
St. Gabriel 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 Building and Maintenance Endowment
Sacred Heart Greatest Needs Endowment

Great Falls
Corpus Christi Greatest Needs Endowment
Holy Spirit Building and Maintenance Endowment
Holy Spirit Greatest Needs Endowment
Holy Spirit Ruth Sharone Food for the Hungry Endowment
Our Lady of Lourdes Greatest Needs Endowment
St. Ann Cathedral Greatest Needs Endowment
St. Ann Kitchen John Sharone Food for the Hungry Endowment

Hardin
Father Fabian Fehring Memorial Endowment (for Greatest Needs of St. Joseph Church)

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 Calvary Cemetery
St. Leo the Great Greatest Needs Endowment

Livingston
St. Mary Greatest Needs Endowment
William A. and Martha V. Hampson Memorial Endowment for St. Mary Parish and School

Lodgepole
St. Thomas Building and Maintenance Endowment

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

Wibaux
St. Peter Greatest Needs Endowment

Wolf Point
Immaculate Conception Greatest Needs Endowment

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Endowments for the Benefit of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

Bishop’s Endowment

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

Bishop Schuster Endowment

Provides support for the assistance of women, children and babies, in the memory of Bishop Eldon Schuster.

Care and Share Endowment

Care and Share expands the ministries offered by and supported throughout the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings.

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.

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.

Stites Memorial Residence Endowment

Helps support building and maintenance needs to preserve the Stites Memorial Residence in Great Falls which houses retired priests.

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

Holy Spirit School - Great Falls

Holy Spirit School Greatest Needs Endowment
Margaret Wynn Scholarship Endowment

Our Lady of Lourdes School - Great Falls

Our Lady of Lourdes School Greatest Needs Endowment

St. Jude Thaddeus School – Havre

Eastop Family Endowment (for Greatest Needs)
St. Jude Thaddeus School Teacher Excellence Endowment

Sacred Heart School - Miles City

Sacred Heart School Greatest Needs Endowment
Patrick and Katherine Shevlin Memorial Endowment (for Greatest Needs)

St. Mary School - Livingston

Bill Tecca Memorial Endowment (for Greatest Needs)
St. Mary School Greatest Needs Endowment
St. Mary School Scholarship Endowment
St. Mary School Teacher Endowment
William A. and Martha V. Hampson Memorial Endowment for St. Mary Parish and School

Endowments for Catholic Organizations in Our Diocese

Adoration Chapel of Billings Endowment

Perpetually supports the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel of Billings, opened in 2020.

Billings Catholic Radio Endowment

Supports KJCR, the Billings area’s only provider of Catholic radio and a central communication hub for the Catholic community in the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings.

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

Matthew Gappa Knights of Columbus Culture of Life Endowment

Supports pro-life activities, projects, and events through the Matthew Gappa Knights of Columbus Council #6294 in Baker.

John Sharone Food for the Hungry Endowment (for St. Ann’s Kitchen – Great Falls)

Helping St. Ann’s Kitchen, a ministry of St. Ann’s Cathedral, to minister to the lonely, homeless, and hungry in Great Falls.

Poor Clares of Montana Endowment

To support the whole Church through lives dedicated to prayer

O’Reilly Family Endowment -- for Angela’s Piazza (Billings)

Angela’s Piazza is a women’s drop-in shelter in Billings, a welcoming, accepting place where women come to learn safer, better lives free from addictions and violence.  Angela’s Piazza is named for St. Angela Merici (1474-1540), founder of the Ursuline Sisters.

St. Vincent de Paul (Billings) Endowment

To perpetually benefit St. Vincent de Paul in Billings, a Catholic lay organization dedicated to preventing homelessness, fighting addiction, and serving the marginalized in the Billings community.

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:

Bill and Lori Belinski Family Endowment

To benefit St. Vincent de Paul in Billings, a Catholic lay organization dedicated to preventing homelessness, fighting addiction, and serving the marginalized in the Billings community. Informed by Catholic social teaching, St Vincent de Paul seeks to maintain the dignity and inherent worth of each person while meeting immediate needs resulting from their poverty.

Bill Tecca Memorial Endowment

To perpetually benefit the greatest needs of St. Mary Catholic School in Livingston.

Boeck Family Endowment

To perpetually benefit the building and maintenance needs (for capital improvements only, not operating expenses, such as utilities) of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, in Stanford, Montana.

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.

Eastop Family Endowment

To perpetually benefit the greatest needs of St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic School in Havre.

Ed and Mary Althoff Endowment

For the perpetual benefit of the Calvary Cemetery in Lewistown – St. Leo the Great Catholic Church.

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

Ginnaty McArthur Family Legacy Scholarship Endowment

Helping students from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish and Our Lady of Lourdes School in Great Falls to attend Great Falls Central Catholic High School.

Jim and Mary Ellen Strosnider Family Endowment

To benefit Catholic Churches in the Great Falls community.

John Sharone Food for the Hungry Endowment

Helping St. Ann’s Kitchen, a ministry of St. Ann’s Cathedral, to minister to the lonely, homeless, and hungry in Great Falls.

Nellie May Deegan Cox Memorial Nursing Scholarship Endowment

Provides an annual scholarship for a student from the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings who is attending Carroll College in Helena, Montana and who is in his or her last two years of pursuing an undergraduate degree in nursing.

Novak and Toman Families Endowment

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

O’Reilly Family Endowment

For the benefit of Angela’s Piazza in Billings, a women’s drop-in shelter. A welcoming, accepting place where women come to learn safer, better lives free from addictions and violence, Angela’s Piazza is named for St. Angela Merici (1474-1540), founder of the Ursuline Sisters.

Patrick and Katherine Shevlin Memorial Endowment

For the greatest needs of Sacred Heart School in Miles City

Ruth Sharone Food for the Hungry Endowment

Distributions provided to Holy Spirit Parish (Great Falls) to assist the hungry and disadvantaged of the Blackfeet Reservation

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.