These words from our patroness, St. Katharine of Drexel, are appropriate for the work with which we are entrusted: inviting Catholics in southeast Michigan to Build for Eternity. Therefore, it is with joy, humility and gratitude that we close the books on 2017 at the Catholic Foundation of Michigan. We are building the support structures of the Foundation that will enable the faithful work of Catholics to endure.

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Over the course of my legal career, I have helped clients with their family and business needs, and one of the most effective tools is estate planning. Many of my Catholic clients have been looking for the Catholic version of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, but there wasn’t anything comparable. I also work with heirs in estate administration when a loved one dies. In certain cases, the deceased family member left bequests to a long list of Catholic charities, however, some of those organizations had ceased to exist.

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“If it wasn’t for you, my baby wouldn’t be alive.” These are words a young mother spoke, as she handed her seven-month old son to Peggy and Mike O’Dea, on Christmas Eve, after ringing the doorbell to their home. Her words represent what Jesus said: “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Mat 25:40).

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On a snowy December afternoon, more than 40 professional advisors attended a Catholic Foundation of Michigan luncheon to learn how they can assist their Catholic clients.

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The Catholic Foundation of Michigan is pleased to welcome staff member, Meg Doyle who will serve as Operations Coordinator. Equipped with an accounting degree from Madonna University, Meg previously served as office manager at Sigma Financial, a position she held for seven years.

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