Our Lord Jesus commands us to give alms to the poor, but how are we in the current day able to give alms? As one person writes to me, "In my city, dozens of people daily sit along the sidebar begging for money. Yet, they likely are not poor. Some of them are average people that don't want to work and would rather sit outside all day to collect others' pocket change. Others are drug addicts and alcoholics who seek money to support their addictions. Surely our Lord is not calling us to support these."
Then how can we give alms when even Catholic Charities and other organizations are no longer truly Catholic? After some investigation, I'm pleased to publish the following 10 Traditional Catholic Charities:
1. Our Lady of Sorrows Church & Retreat House (Phoenix, AZ)
Our Lady of Sorrows was established in 1980 when a small group of traditionalists purchased the current church site from a Protestant denomination. Over the years, Sunday attendance has steadily grown to an average of 550 faithful. The property is 10.8 acres. It is primarily comprised of the current Protestant-designed church, a growing K-12 Catholic school for 75 students, and a 34-room retreat house.
Retreatants come from across North America to attend one or more of fourteen retreats each year. Phoenix also annually hosts one of the two priests' retreats. More than 35 priests and usually a bishop are in attendance. The site also has a priory, other living quarters, a large athletic field, and an orange grove.
Four priests reside at Our Lady of Sorrows. They serve the parish as well as nearby missions. With fundraising nearing the end, I would like to promote this initiative so that a chapel may be built in honor of our Lady under the title, Our Lady of Sorrows. Please visit the site to help them in this noble cause.
2. SSPX Indian Orphanage
As detailed in photos on the website of the SSPX Asian District, in 2009 the Society became the creation of an orphange in Palayamkottai. All donations to this project and any others for the Asian Missions are tax deductible on US returns. Addresses on where to send donations are available here.
3. FSSP Columbian Foundation
The FSSP has a foundation in Colombia with the goal of building a school (and, if possible, eventually a seminary), that needs support. Situated in the municipality of Anolaima in the department of Cundinamarca, 44 miles northwest from the capital of Colombia, Bogotá, the house of Saint Martin de Porres was approved by the bishop of Girardot on 13th May 2006 and canonically erected by Father Devillers on June 29th 2006 as a house of vocational discernment for candidates to the priesthood in Latin America and constitute therefore the first house of the Fraternity on this continent.
In addition to the vocational discernment, so important for the development and the life of the Church and the Fraternity, this one develops an apostolic activity (celebration of blessings, preaching, catechism, visiting the sick and the old, scoutism) but also educational and social with a project of creating a center for further education for the young people of the village who do not have the possibility to study further than highschool, the offer of various courses at technical school level, and finally the creation of an arts school (music, dance, theatre and painting) and the organisation of a monthly cultural event.
4. St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary (Winona, MN)
The following appeal is by the rector of the seminary:
For over 30 years now, St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary has been forming true Catholic priests according to the constant teachings and traditions of the Church. These priests are currently serving the needs of Catholics all around the world, in many of the 60 countries where the Society of St. Pius X is present.
It has only been through the generosity of benefactors that the Seminary has been able to continue in existence over the past three decades. Faithful like you have consistently shown their belief in and support of the formation that their priests are receiving by contributing generously to the many needs of the Seminary.You can make a donation online by clicking here or you can view the address where to send in your donation. In late 2011, the seminary has broken ground for an additional seminary in Virginia. Your support for this project is also much appreciated and needed.
We are aware of the sacrifices made by our benefactors to give the donations needed to contribute to the work done here. As such, we are careful not to squander your generous contributions.
As St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary grows, however, its needs are increasing. The past year witnessed a record number of new seminarians enter our doors. The Seminary building is full to capacity and shortly will be unable to fulfill our needs. We will be required to either embark on a multi-million dollar project of constructing an addition to the Seminary or move to another location. Either solution will tax our resources to the utmost.
It is for this reason that we once more appeal to your long-proven generosity to contribute in any way that you can to our daily work of forming truly Catholic priests. Without you, we cannot continue. Our world needs priests as never before, and St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary is the only place in the United States where completely Traditional priests are being formed. By sending a donation to the Seminary, you are not only performing a great act of charity that will be specially rewarded by God, you are also helping a world that is sick with apostasy and providing for your future and the future of many others.
All donations are tax-deductible. Those wishing to contribute towards the tuition of a seminarian will be personally thanked by that seminarian. To thank you in a more lasting manner, we pray our daily Rosary for the intentions of the friends and benefactors of the Seminary.
5. Traditional Catholic Schools
Let us not forget the great many of traditional Catholic schools operated by the Society of St. Pius X around the country (list available by clicking here). All of these school would certainly appreciate donations in any size.
Besides donating dollars, some of these schools accept Box Tops for Education. One school in particular is Queen of the Holy Rosary Academy in Missouri which accepts the box tops.
6. Institute of Christ the King African Missions
For some time now, the priests of the Institute have been present in Gabon and have worked with success under Bishop Obamba, and upon his retirement, under the then apostolic administrator and current Archbishop of Libreville, the Most Reverend Mve Engone, as well as under the present bishop of the Diocese of Mouila, Bishop Dominique Bonnet.
Some of the Institute's missions are located in the middle of the jungle. They have, by Divine Providence, restored and constructed several churches, chapels, schools, kindergartens, and medical dispensaries. The native population is very attached to the missionaries, and they are deeply rooted in the beautiful tradition of the Classical Latin Mass. You can see photos from the African missions by clicking here and can make an online donation here to the African missions or any other apostolates.
7. Traditional Catholic Monasteries & Convents
If you have read "How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization" by Thomas Woods, you will recall in chapter 3 how Dr. Woods relates the varied, countless achievements from monasticism. Among them, we have not only the preservation of literacy and the priceless books of Antiquity but countless works of charity, the creation of champagne, the first wide scale use of water power, the cultivation of agriculture, the clearing of immense areas of previously uninhabitable land, the creation of complex astronomical clocks, and dozens of other significant accomplishments. As related on How the Monks Saved Civilization, we owe a deep debt to the monks for their work in building our society.
In our modern world, many orders have fallen into oblivion as they have abandoned Traditional Catholicism for new age and heretical practices. Thankfully, there are a number of orders that still observe the Traditional Practices of the Church. They certainly need our prayers and could use any support that we could send them.
- Abbaye Notre-Dame de Fontgombault (France)
- Abbey Notre-Dame de Randol (France)
- Abbey of Saint Joseph de Clairval (France)
- Adorers of the Royal Heart (Italy)
- Apostolic Administration of St John Mary Vianney (Brazil)
- Benedictines of the Immaculate (Italy)
- Benedictines of Norcia (Italy)
- Benedictines of Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery (USA)
- Benedictine Nuns of Kergonan (France)
- Canons Regular of the Mother of God (France)
- Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem (USA)
- Carmelite Monks of Wyoming (USA)
- Carmelite Sisters of the Transfiguration
- Clear Creek Benedictines (USA)
- Discalced Carmelites (USA)
- Dominican Sisters of the Holy Ghost (France)
- Franciscans of the Immaculate (USA)
- Fraternity of St Vincent Ferrier (France)
- Institute of St Philipp Neri (Germany)
- Institute of the Good Shepherd (France)
- Institut religieux de Sainte-Croix (France)
- Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb (France)
- Oblates of Mary (USA)
- Our Lady of the Annunciation, Le Barroux (France)
- Our Lady of the Cenacle (USA)
- Religieuses Victimes du Sacré Coeur (France)
- Servi Jesu et Mariae (Austria)
The Medical Mission of the SSPX in the Philippines is certainly a worthy traditional Catholic charity. It has done great work by reaching out to the poor who have no money to pay for basic medical treatment, and who often possess little more than the rudiments of the faith. Everything from catechism to scapular distribution to dental care and minor operations take place during each mission over the course of at least two weeks.
The mission is approaching its 10th anniversary. Please read more on the mission and see photos here.
9. SSPX African Missions
A personal favorite charity of mine is the SSPX's African Missions. There is much that could be said about this mission, but I'll simply direct you to read their recent newsletter from Fall 2011. Donation information is available at the end of the newsletter.
10. Traditional Catholic Radio
While there are very few traditional Catholic media sources, Tradtional Catholic Radio and WFTS both provide traditional Catholic programming, chants, and prayers. And both need your donations to help stay on the air.
It is my hope that this compilation will aid you during this Lent, and thereafter, in making donations to organizations that are truly Catholic and faithful to the enduring Traditions of the Church. If you know of any more organizations, please leave them in the comments section.
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