A Message to Our Glenmary Partners

Father Don Tranel, Director of Development

“O little town”—the beginning to one of my favorite carols!

It reminds me of my childhood, growing up on a farm in Menominee, a little town in the northwest tip of Illinois. You won’t find shopping malls or fancy restaurants there—not even a traffic light or a post office! But you will find a Catholic church—a presence that changed my life.

I became a Glenmary priest to bring our faith to little towns in rural America just like Menominee.

When the Church is present in little towns, lives change — I am living proof! This Christmas, expand your partnership with us and share the gift of faith with rural America by giving a year-end gift to help the home missions!

We put your gifts to work right away in mission areas where often:
• Less than 1% of the population is Catholic
• As much as 74% of the population is unchurched
• Poverty is severe—often two times the national average

As you know, once our missions grow and the community is established, the parishes are returned to the pastoral care of the dioceses and we move to new mission territory. With your faithful support, we have established over 140 Catholic churches in rural America. Together we will continue to do the good work!

Sincerely,
Father Don Tranel
Director of Development

P.S. Celebrate Christ’s birth with our Christmas cards! Let us know if you would like some cards to share with your loved ones by calling 513-874-8900. May God bless you and your family. Merry Christmas!

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