Charles and Mary Ellen Fischer Pass On the Gift of Faith
When Charles Fischer was growing up during the Great Depression, he made $5 a day by washing cars, cutting grass and hauling ashes from coal furnaces for 10 cents a load with a small wagon he got for Christmas.
At each day’s end, he gave the money to his mother, Anne Mae Mologne Fischer, who gave him back a nickel to buy candy. She deposited the rest in an account for his college education.
One day he asked his mother for money to buy a radio. She, in turn, gave him a piece of financial advice that he followed: "Save your nickels."
A Great Way to Help the Church
A parishioner of St. John the Baptist Parish in Scottdale, Charles and his wife, Mary Ellen, established the Charles M. and Mary Ellen Fischer Endowment that will enable the Church and its faithful people to benefit from their generosity indefinitely.
With an endowment, the principal is invested and preserved, and only the income—such as interest, dividends or capital gains—from the endowment is used to support the Diocese, its parishes, Catholic schools, Catholic Charities and specific diocesan ministries.
"I thought this would be a great way to help the Church," Charles says. "We are trying to help make this a better world. Everything that we have—God gave us."
Joseph DiMario, director of planned giving, says the Fischer’s gift is an important part of the diocese’s ability to provide for future generations—as past generations have provided for us today.
"Their action is a manifestation of God’s expectation of us," Joseph says. "They worked hard, invested wisely and realized the fruits of those efforts. Now they are passing on God’s gift of faith to future generations."
How to Help
For more information on how a planned gift works or how you can support our vital work, please contact Joseph DiMario at 724-552-2502 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to discuss these and other planned giving options to help you find the option that works best for your situation.