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Wills – A legal will is the foundation of all estate planning. It allows individuals to determine who will benefit from their estate.  You can secure a legacy with the Sisters of Providence with no immediate out-of-pocket gift by designating the Sisters of Providence through an unrestricted bequest in your will.  You can designate your entire estate, a percentage of it or a specific dollar amount.  In addition to the personal satisfaction of helping provide for OUR tomorrow with a bequest, there are definite tax benefits that can be realized as well.

walter-james-mooreWalter’s story:

Mild-mannered, unassuming, humble, caring, loyal, conscientious, devoted and well-respected are all words that would describe Walter who came to work in Food Service for the Sisters of Providence in August 2000.

Walter earned his master’s degree from Indiana State University.  He had previously received his Bachelor’s degree from Murray State University in Kentucky where he would become the manager for the men’s basketball team from 1965-1969.  Walter’s love of sports, especially college football and basketball gave him great pleasure and he followed both Murray State and Purdue throughout the rest of his life.

Although life dealt a debilitating blow to Walter, he never let it define him.  A tragic automobile accident left him seriously challenged, mentally and physically, but certainly not challenged in spirit.  He continued to lead a simple, but fulfilling life after the accident attending church as often as his health would allow.

Walter derived pleasure from visiting various branches of a local bank where he was known on a first-name basis as well as being a frequent visitor at a local elementary school where he was welcomed by the staff and children alike.  He had a true love for railroads and knew all of the guys at the local rail yard.

Of course, Walter worked tirelessly for the Sisters of Providence until his retirement.  He was well-known to all of the sisters and he knew many of them by name as well.  After his retirement, because of additional health issues, he continued to come to St. Mary’s to greet the sisters and to enjoy his holiday meals with the food service staff.

During his lifetime, Walter made two gifts to the Sisters of Providence totaling $5,050 which was surprising to many who thought him to be a poor simple man.  Who would have suspected that this kind-hearted man would have accumulated enough wealth to leave a legacy of more than $99,000 in his will as a surprise gift to the Sisters of Providence?


For additional information contact:

Connie Gualano, Planned Giving Manager
Mission Advancement office
1 Sisters of Providence
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876
Phone:  (812) 535-2811
Fax:      (812) 535-1009

Legal Name: Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana
EIN: 35-0868174

We urge all donors to consult your financial and legal advisors for a full discussion of implications of any cash alternative gift.

The Sisters of Providence keep all benefactors, constituents, alumnae/i and companions in daily prayer.