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What will your legacy be?

We all reach a stage in life when we think about what it’s all meant. Why were we here? What was the purpose of this life? What have we left behind?

A LEGACY OF GIVING: Father Susai Jesu, O.M.I., visits with elder Harriet Merasty who taught him the Cree language in Pelican Narrows, Northern Saskatchewan. Photo by Rob Waymen

Most of us want to be remembered for our best qualities. We want to be remembered for our generosity, our integrity and our faith. We also want to be remembered for our loving relationships – with our family, friends and neighbours. Some of us also want to be remembered for extending our love of neighbour to people we’ve never met.

Your legacy is the footprint you will leave on this earth. It is the lives you have touched and the love that carries on when you’re gone. Your legacy will be the memories that others have of you. The ways they follow your example. The ways they live the lessons and values you have taught them.

As a supporter of Catholic Missions In Canada, you have already given witness to our faith. You have demonstrated through your example that you believe in putting God’s message of love and compassion in your life. That you have followed Christ’s call to of honour the poor, the lonely, and the suffering.

We at Catholic Missions In Canada will forever be grateful for your generosity of spirit – and for your trust in us to fulfill God’s mission to all His people. Thank you for making us a part of your life’s legacy.

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Please take a moment to fill out the Gift Planning Information Request Form to let us know how we can assist you.


Is a gift in your will right for you?

Most of us live pretty simple lives.

We learn. We work. We raise our children. We practise our faith. Most of us reach the end of our earthly lives without great riches or fame. Yet, if we have lived well, our lives have been fulfilling and full of love.

As we contemplate our wills, we make important choices. We decide who will receive our earthly treasures when we’re gone – and who’s worthy of those gifts. Many of us choose to provide for spouses, children and grandchildren if we have them. Some of us choose to include those causes and organizations that have meant much to us during our lifetimes.

If Catholic Missions In Canada is a cause and a charity that you care deeply about, we would be honoured if you gave its work to keep our faith your utmost consideration. We understand that you may have people who depend on you for financial support – and that’s as it should be. But if you’re able to provide for family and worthy causes, we would welcome your support to our Canadian missionaries through a legacy gift.

More than a million Canadians have already chosen to make gifts to charity in their wills. Many noble and generous people have chosen to extend God’s love beyond their immediate circle – to those in need across our country.

At the end of the day, only you can decide what is right for you. If a donation in your will is appealing to you – and if the work of Catholic Missions In Canada resonates with your beliefs and values – we would welcome your gift.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions:

Phone: 416-934-3424
Toll-free: 1-866-937-2642


Bequests: extraordinary gifts from everyday people

People are often surprised to learn how their wills can transform them from “ordinary donors” to “philanthropists.” It’s actually simpler than you might think.

Most of us make our charitable donations during our lifetimes from our disposable income. That means that we have so much money per month to spend – and we choose to allocate some of that money to achieve good works through the charities we support.

But our assets – not our income – give us a different opportunity. Take, for example, a couple who bought their (mortgaged) home in the 1970s for $30,000. Later, they bought a piece of land and built a modest summer cottage or cabin. They continued to work year after year. They raised their kids and sent them to school. Grandchildren were born. Mortgages were paid off.

Today, that $30,000-home and modest summer place could well be worth $500,000 or more. When this couple passes on, a half million dollars will be passed on to someone. That’s why more than a million Canadians have decided that they can include charities as well as family in their wills. They realize that they can provide for loved ones and make truly meaningful gifts to the causes and charities they care most deeply about.

If Catholic Missions In Canada is such a charity to you, we would welcome your consideration of a charitable bequest to support our Canadian Missionaries. We promise that the money you bequeath us will be used well to bring the Word of God to those who need to hear it most. And – somewhere, sometime – you will transform lives in the name of Christ.


What about your family?

Oftentimes, when people first think of leaving a legacy gift to charity, they get a little swept up in the idea of their potential for philanthropy. Then, they stop and think, “But I need to provide for my family first.”

After some reflection, and sometimes prayer, some conclude that providing for family is all that they can do. Others, after similar reflection, decide that they can provide for their loved ones AND allocate a portion of their estates to the charities that mean the most to them.

These decisions are obviously deeply personal. After all, we’re deciding on the legacies we want to leave behind when we’re gone. We’re deciding on how we want to be remembered,on how we can make our own unique contribution to our Lord’s work.


Please take a moment to fill out the Gift Planning Information Request Form to let us know how we can assist you.


Which type of Bequest is right for you?

When supporters talk to us about leaving bequests to Catholic Missions In Canada, they are often concerned about the uncertainty surrounding the size of their estates when they pass on.

After all, none of us knows how much longer we’ll live – or what the value of our estates will be when we pass from this world.

People are often happy to find out that they don’t have to leave a fixed amount of money. There are two other ways to make bequests that ease the worry about estate size and the gift amount.

  • Many people choose to make what are known as “residual gifts.” This type of donation is in fact the “leftovers” after all of a person’s fixed obligations are met. So, for example, someone could leave a certain amount of money to each child and grandchild – and then leave the remainder to Catholic Missions In Canada.
  • Others prefer to leave a percentage of their estate to CMIC. For example, someone with three children and four grandchildren might divide his or her estate into eight equal portions. Each child and grandchild will receive an equal portion – and the final portion might be split between that person’s local parish and CMIC.

Gifts in wills are indeed sacrificial gifts. But the sacrifice need not deprive those you love most – nor be a struggle for you as you put your affairs in order.

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Further Information

Over the years, we’ve learned that every bequest donor is different.

Some like to make their gifts in total privacy, knowing that the gift will only be revealed once they have passed on.

Others prefer to talk to us beforehand to get information and perhaps some advice on how best to organize their gift.

Whichever your giving preference, we want you to know that you are more than welcome to reach out to us.

While bequests are by far the most common type of legacy gift in Canada, there are other ways in which you can plan to leave a philanthropic gift to Catholic Missions In Canada. These include:

  • Charitable gift annuities
  • Endowments
  • Shares of publicly-listed securities
  • Retirement savings, TFSAs, and pension funds
  • Gifts of property
  • Gift loans

Please go to Gift Planning for information on these gift types.  Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Catholic Missions In Canada. We can walk you through your options and help you choose the giving method that suits your needs best.

Phone: 416-934-3424
Toll-free: 1-866-937-2642