|Br. Charles Manning with Charlotte and John Kearney and Peter Fitzpatrick|
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|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org).