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Annual Giving


Dear Friend of Franciscan,

Thank you for caring about Franciscan University!

Annual Giving at Franciscan University has but a single purpose: to bring Christ’s light into the world ever more surely by enabling students to attend Franciscan.

I like to sum up the mission of Franciscan this way: we form young men and women in Christ and seed them into the world. Or rather, Christ Himself seeds them, sowing His Word into their hearts and sending them far and wide, to proclaim His Kingdom through the witness of their lives.

In this broken world, we stand as a sign of contradiction—and also a sign of great hope.

The young men and women who leave here, imbued with the joy of the Holy Spirit and formed in Christ through years of academics and Franciscan life, go forth and make a profound impact in the world.

Very simply, your gifts make that possible.

Do you want leaders in the world? Leaders who are not just leaders but moral leaders? Servant leaders?

Do you wish to have young men and women who are responsible, dedicated, truthful, and loving? Who live their lives for Christ, unashamed and bursting with energy to be His hands and His feet? That is what the good Franciscan friars here work at every day.

Your gifts make that possible.

A gift of any amount is appreciated, large or small. But please don’t think any gift is too small to make a difference: in the words of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”

For us, it is the love with which the gift is given that matters.

Please know we go forward because of the generosity of donors like you. Be assured of our thanks—and the thanks of our students—and know our donor and their intentions are included in the Petitions of the Faithful at Mass (three times a day during school time) and by us personally.

May you be filled with the joy of the Risen Christ!

Benjamin Gessler
Director for Annual Giving