FALL RIVER — Over the years, hundreds of the faithful in the Diocese of Fall River have left a planned gift as a part of their estates. These gifts have benefited single parishes, scholarships for children to attend Catholic schools, the care of retired priests, and more. The generosity of these parishioners has been extraordinary and will be further recognized by the formal organization of a planned giving program.

This year, the Catholic Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts is launching the “Anima Christi” Legacy Society. Inspired by the soul of Christ to leave a legacy of faith, the Society is endorsed by Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., who will celebrate the posthumous induction for the hundreds of parishioners whose gifts to the diocese have been realized as well as welcome active members of the Church who have made their wishes known. According to Miriam Sherman, chief executive officer at the Catholic Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, “We will now have the wonderful opportunity to thank and honor those individuals in their lifetimes for the role they play in advancing our diocese and its ministries into the future.”

For more information on the “Anima Christi” Legacy Society, including membership, benefits, and resources on deciding how and where to direct giving, please visit www.catholicfoundationsema. org/anima-christi-legacysociety/ or email info@ catholicfoundationsema.org to receive an informational brochure.

The Catholic Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts will also be facilitating in the months ahead webinars on the Spiritual and logistical considerations for end-of-life decisions in the Catholic faith to provide helpful guidance, information, and resources to Diocese of Fall River parishioners.