Thursday, November 13, 2014

Saint Bernard hosts Clairvaux Society Induction Dinner

The Third Annual Dinner and Induction Ceremony for Founding Members of the Clairvaux Society of St. Bernard Abbey were held on Saturday, November 8, 2014, in the St. Bernard Dining Hall.

Br. Charles Manning with Charlotte and John Kearney and Peter Fitzpatrick
Established in 2010 as Saint Bernard’s most prestigious organization, the Clairvaux Society pays tribute to donors who remember Saint Bernard through planned gifts.  The Society recognizes the commitment of individuals whose generosity of spirit and dedication to Saint Bernard is expressed through their philanthropy.

The evening began in the Abbey Church with the celebration of Mass with Abbot Cletus Meagher as the main celebrant.   In his homily, he expressed his gratitude, in the name of the St. Bernard community, for the generous endowment provided by the members of the Clairvaux Society.

After Mass, a social hour followed in the Dining Hall’s Brahma Room with students from St. Bernard Preparatory School serving as hosts and hostesses.   After introductory remarks by Fr. Marcus Voss and Abbot Cletus,  Fr. Kevin McGrath offered the blessing for the occasion.  A five-course banquet followed prepared by the staff of Flik, the managers of the Abbey’s dining facilities.

Abbot Cletus with Lynn Geisler and Fr. Marcus
At the conclusion of the dinner, new members were inducted into the Clairvaux Society.   Since Mrs. Lynn Geisler was unable to attend last year’s induction service, she was the first to be recognized this year.  Other inductees included Sharon Maxted, the wife of the late Miles Maxted, and her family: Mr. and Mrs. Russell and Maureen M. Ahmed and Ms. Felicity M. Cash.
Abbot Cletus and Fr. Marcus with the family of Miles Maxted

During their induction, the new members received a pin inscribed with the Saint Bernard Coat of Arms which symbolizes the Clairvaux Society.  The pin reflects the heritage of the Benedictine tradition as it is embodied in St. Bernard Abbey.  Members of the Clairvaux Society, because of their planned gift commitment, ensure the future success of Saint Bernard for many generations to come.

Funds generated through the Clairvaux Society are and will be maintained in an endowment with only the earnings available for financial needs.  Currently members of the Clairvaux Society have included St. Bernard for over $9.5M in their estate plans.  Anyone interested in learning more about the planned giving program at St. Bernard is encouraged to contact Fr. Marcus Voss (256-531-2010 or

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