Together for Christ and His Church


1 From Our Leadership Dear Benefactors and Friends of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, e Marian Fathers is a religious congregation rich in the tradition of faith and service. Celebrating the 350th anniversary of our founding, we are genuinely striving to live as a community of faith by proclaiming and honoring the mystery of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, assisting the dying and the souls in Purgatory, and witnessing to the kingdom of God on earth. e leadership of the Marian Fathers, along with the Campaign Committee, have the joy of asking you to participate in our Together for Christ and His Church Campaign in support of our new Marian Monastery and Marian Community Chapel. Needless to say, while our home is much more than the building and rooms in which we gather, giving to the campaign is a way to invest in the future of the Marian Fathers. is campaign will not address all of our needs, but it is another step to making our Marian Community, and it’s life, stronger by caring for our gi s and giving a return to God in gratitude. We hope and pray that God will also bless us with a new, larger National Shrine of the Divine Mercy to accommodate the growing numbers of pilgrims in the years to come. Only by acting together can we successfully raise the resources to complete the project outlined in this brochure. Please take the time to review each page carefully. A er reading it, we ask that you prayerfully consider your commitment to this project. If you feel God is calling you to help be an apostle of Divine Mercy, please be open to responding with generosity and gratitude as He makes promises to those who accept his call. ank you, and know that you are in our prayers! Sincerely, Very Rev. Chris Alar, MIC Provincial Superior, United States and Argentina Fr. Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC Former Provincial Superior

Marians of the Immaculate Conception Case Statement We are presented with an exciting opportunity to create the real community the Marians of the Immaculate Conception on Eden Hill were always meant to share. Following the completion of a Pre-Campaign Study, we believe we are in a privileged place to pursue building a new Monastery and Chapel for our community members. e Pre-Campaign Study results also indicated great interest in a new National Shrine. However, from a budgetary and priority standpoint, we must focus our immediate e orts on the Monastery and Chapel. Marian priests and brothers live in ve di erent buildings in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, which inhibits their ability to be together. e buildings are also in need of repair. e newly-created Marian Monastery will provide the opportunity to fully live in community as a religious order. e following is a full description of our project: CURRENT CHALLENGES Today, the Marians of the Immaculate Conception’s priests and brothers live in ve separate buildings on campus. eir current accommodations are older buildings that are not conducive to the needs of the community: • Many Marians have to share rooms during summer pastoral assignments, retreats, and special events. • Bathrooms are mostly communal due to the limited number. • ere is limited handicap accessibility. • e dining room only holds 20, and there are about 35 Marians on campus, so communal meals are not possible. • e Shrine house was built in the 1880’s, and infrastructure has not been updated. • Electric, plumbing, and heating are de cient in most of the residence buildings. • Lack of insulation in the walls and on the original handmade windows creates a challenging environment in the freezing Massachusetts winters. • When Marians from across the country visit, cots in common areas are used to accommodate everyone. • Lack of a private chapel limits the ability of the Marians to worship in communal prayer. MARIAN MONASTERY AND MARIAN COMMUNITY CHAPEL Building a new 40-room and 20-o ce Monastery on the west side of the Eden Hill Campus will address all of the challenges the Marians currently face. ey will have enough space to live, share communal meals, and worship as a proper religious order. PROJECT PRIORITIES e rst priority of this campaign will be to build the new Marian Monastery. As funds are raised, the Monastery will be built rst, followed by the Chapel building. OUTLINED PROJECT NEEDS AND COSTS:* MONASTERY BUILDING: $19,800,000 CHAPEL BUILDING: $6,900,000 SITE WORK PARKING, ROADS, DRAINAGE, LANDSCAPE : $4,400,000 FURNITURE, FIXTURE AND EQUIP.: $1,500,000 * CURRENT ESTIMATES AS OF JANUARY 2024 Needs of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception Any additional monies raised above and beyond the listed goal will be applied to future upkeep and expansion projects for the Marian Fathers. 2

e above photos are a good illustration of our ongoing infrastructure challenges. Because the buildings where we live were originally meant as summer homes, they have never been winterized. e thin pipes are not insulated to function in cold New England winters when temperatures drop to minus 20 degrees. Each winter we experience what you see here: the pipes freeze and burst, then by the time the leak is discovered, the ooding causes damage to as many as all 3 oors of the house requiring sheetrock replacement on the walls and ceilings. Once the new Monastery is built, two of our current residential buildings will be renovated and re-purposed as retreat houses. New Monastery 3


OPPORTUNITIES AND RECOGNITION In an e ort to recognize the families and individuals who make a sacri cial gi to our Together for Christ and His Church campaign e ort, we will create a Gi Recognition Plaque which will be located in the entryway of the Marian Monastery. e participants in this campaign will have their desired inscription listed in alphabetical order. We ask that each donor considers challenging themselves to participate within one of the following levels: Gi of Mercy Honoring Our Lady Honoring St. Joseph Honoring St. Stanislaus Marian Helper Gi s All payments can be made over a ve-year period. For families or individuals who wish to make a gi to the campaign of $500,000 or more, their names would be gratefully displayed as Foundational Gi s of Mercy. For those families who wish to make a gi to the campaign of $100,000 – $499,999, their names would be gratefully displayed as Patron of Our Lady. For those families or individuals who wish to make a gi to the campaign of $50,000 – $99,999, their names would be gratefully displayed as Benefactor of Saint Joseph. For those families or individuals who wish to make a gi to the campaign of $10,000 – $49,999, their names would be gratefully displayed as Supporter of Saint Stanislaus. For those families or individuals who wish to make a gi to the campaign of $5,000 – $9,999, their names would be gratefully displayed as Friends of St. Faustina. 7

Giving Plans to Consider WE ASK THAT YOU CONSIDER MAKING A FIVE YEAR SACRIFICIAL PLEDGE TO THIS CAMPAIGN. is pledge would be in addition to your regular support. For the gi to the campaign, you may choose monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual payments to ful ll your pledge. We are asking our entire benefactor community to consider a minimum pledge over the next 60 months of $5,000. While we welcome gi s at levels not listed below, let this be your guide in determining your support. 5-YEAR PLEDGE CHART Pledge Amount 10% Down Annual (5) Semi-Annual (10) Quarterly (20) Monthly (60) $1,000,000 $100,000 $180,000 $90,000 $45,000 $15,000 $500,000 $50,000 $90,000 $45,000 $22,500 $7,500 $250,000 $25,000 $45,000 $22,500 $11,250 $3,750 $150,000 $15,000 $27,000 $13,500 $6,750 $2,250 $100,000 $10,000 $18,000 $9,000 $4,500 $1,500 $75,000 $7,500 $13,500 $6,750 $3,375 $1,125 $50,000 $5,000 $9,000 $4,500 $2,250 $750 $25,000 $2,500 $4,500 $2,250 $1,125 $375 $15,000 $1,500 $2,700 $1,350 $675 $225 $10,000 $1,000 $1,800 $900 $450 $150 $7,500 $750 $1,350 $675 $338 $113 $5,000 $500 $900 $450 $225 $75 8

Cash ose who wish to make an outright gi of cash, or ful ll their pledge through cash payments, should make their check payable to the Association of Marian Helpers. Credit cards are also acceptable. Such gi s are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Pledges Cash pledges shall be counted toward the campaign goal at the full, face value of the pledge when properly documented by a signed pledge card or written letter of intent. To be counted in full toward the campaign goal, the pledge must be payable in full within a period of up to ve years from the date of the pledge. Securities Appreciated securities o er donors an income tax deduction for a charitable gi and donors avoid capital gains tax that will be incurred through a sale. Please consult your tax accountant for advice or visit: Matching Gi s You may be able to double the impact of your gi . Many employers have matching gi programs and will match any charitable contributions made by employees, retirees, and employee spouses. Please see your Human Resource Department to check your company’s guidelines to see if your campaign g i qu a li es. Quali ed Charitable Distribution from your IRA One of the savviest ways to make a gi if you are 70 ½ or older. Arrange a QCD from your IRA and satisfy your required minimum distribution (RMD) at the same time. Please consult your nancial adviser or visit: Ways to Give 9 In addition to a pledge, you might consider these other ways to give: Bequests Individuals may make a gi in a speci c amount or a percentage of his or her estate to support the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. Please consult your nancial adviser for advice or visit: Life Insurance Marians of the Immaculate Conception may be named as the owner and bene ciary of a new policy or ownership of an existing policy may be transferred to them. For more information, please visit: Real Estate Real estate allows donors to both claim an income tax deduction for the value of the gi and avoid paying a capital gains tax on the appreciation of the property. Please consult your nancial adviser for advice or visit: Life Income Gi s One can make a gi of cash, securities, or other assets to the Marians of the Immaculate Conception and receive both incomes for life and a charitable tax deduction in return. A variety of trusts and annuities facilitate such gi s. Upon the donor’s or designated bene ciary’s death, or at another prearranged time, the trust terminates and the assets are transferred to the religious order. Please consult your nancial adviser for advice or visit:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS How was the project to build the Marian Monastery and Community Chapel determined? e Marian Monastery and Community Chapel building project was determined by the Marian Fathers’ leadership based on their current and future needs. e project was then tested through personal interviews, focus groups, and an e-survey during the feasibility study conducted by Ruotolo Associates. Building cost estimates were provided by our architect. Why is the new National Shrine not included in this campaign? While the prospect of building a new National Shrine was well-received during the Pre-Campaign Study, we are focusing our e orts on the Monastery and Chapel. ere are two primary reasons for this. e rst is strictly budgetary. e overall combined cost of a new Shrine as well as the Monastery and Chapel would surpass our fundraising capacity. e second is that we must prioritize our Marian Priests and Brothers. ey currently reside in fragmented groups and in buildings that are in great need of repair. It is our intention to address the new National Shrine in a future project. When will construction begin? e duration of the capital campaign will be approximately eighteen months, which will provide su cient time for donors to prayerfully consider their pledge amount. A pledge redemption period of 60 months will follow the capital campaign. Construction will begin once 90% of the project goal has been funded. How much am I expected to give? Your pledge is a very personal decision. is campaign is a unique opportunity for the Marian Fathers to continue as a vibrant community. Ultimately, we ask that you consider your sacri cial gi in terms of your overall stewardship to our religious order, and what this project means to you, your family, and the future of the Marians. We have been blessed by the sacri ces of those who came before us. How long will I have to meet my pledge? Making a pledge as opposed to a one-time gi allows you to make a larger gi to this campaign over a designated period of time. We are asking donors to ful ll their pledges over a ve-year period. I already give to the Marians. Why should I support the campaign? e campaign supports the needed Marian Monastery and Community Chapel project and is separate from the regular donations. e Marians are grateful for all donations received throughout the year. Your generous on-going contributions are needed for regular operating expenses and are not designated for capital improvements or repairs. Ideally, our Orders’ ordinary income should be at least equal to its ordinary expenses (utilities, supplies, services, employee salary and bene ts, insurance, etc.). Capital projects are considered extraordinary expenses that need additional funding. Is my gi tax deductible? Yes. e amount contributed is deductible to the full extent provided by the law. How can I make my payments? We have developed a ve-year pledge chart to help you identify a pledge level that you can reach. You will see that you can choose to ful ll your pledge in a number of ways. e Marians’ Mission Advancement O ce will send out pledge reminders on a regular basis. What happens if I am unable to complete my pledge? A pledge to the campaign is a faith promise; it is not legally binding. e Marian Fathers are dependent on the generosity and ability of its benefactors and community friends to complete this project. While we pray that you will not experience any nancial challenges, should your situation change, we will work with you to accommodate any unforeseen personal situations. 10

TOGETHER for CHRIST and HIS CHURCH God, our refuge and our strength, be with us in our labors, for we remember if the Lord does not build this house, in vain do its builders labor. Assist the Marians of the Immaculate Conception to renew our commitment to Jesus, the Divine Mercy and to improve the holy grounds of Eden Hill. Bless, O Lord, the work of our hands. rough the intercession of Mary, Immaculately Conceived and Patroness of our Congregation; Saint Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, and our Founding Father, St. Stanislaus Papczyński. We ask this through Christ, Our Lord. AMEN 14270451-0922