Your Will is a gesture of the love you have for your family,
community and the Church.

After providing for your family, leaving a gift in your Will
is a significant way to support a cause that is meaningful to you
and a reflection of your gratitude, faith and values.

Catholic Bequest Program
of
the Society of St Joseph

Become a Companion of the Society of St Joseph by leaving a gift in your Will.

A message from our Bishop

Over these years, I have been privileged to work alongside you in the way Pope Francis called us to be; co-responsible for the mission of the Church. This has manifested itself through the marvelous outreach of our people through the Parish ministries, welfare ministries and other Diocesan ministries.

If you wish, you can assist and ensure these ministries’ legacy well into the future by remembering the Church and her mission when making your Will. Many people may not have previously considered such a possibility. I commend such consideration to your generosity.

Bishop Michael McCarthy

When you confirm a gift in your Will to a Parish or ministry in the Diocese of Rockhampton, you become a Companion of The Society of St Joseph. It is our way, as a Diocese, to acknowledge one of the greatest commitments you can make to support the legacy of our Faith in our Diocese.

The Society bears the name of St Joseph; here in Central Queensland, we have a special relationship with St Joseph. As well as being the Patron of the Catholic Church, he is the Patron Saint of our Diocese and the protector of our Diocesan church – St Joseph’s cathedral.

Each of us can discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble. Saint Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation. A word of recognition and of gratitude is due to them all.

Pope Francis, Patris Corde

The Society of St Joseph honours this special commitment, acknowledging that a gift is often given from the proceeds of a lifetime of work. The Society of St Joseph enables us to give special recognition to those who, in a small, quiet way, contribute to the legacy of our Catholic Faith into the future. As a Companion of the Society of St Joseph, you will be invited to join a special service with the Bishop of Rockhampton, presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and a special pendant depicting our bequest emblem, the Holy Family.

Our Bequest Emblem

Our Emblem depicts the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary, Mother of God and St Joseph. It portrays St Joseph embracing St Mary and Jesus, supporting them with one arm each, expressing his love and support as provider and protector of the Holy Family. It reminds us how the path of the family of God and its future is:

‘woven together and sustained by ordinary people, people often overlooked. People who do not appear in newspaper and magazine headlines, or on the latest television show, yet in these very days are surely shaping the decisive events of our history’.

Pope Francis, Patris Corde

Our emblem for the Society of St Joseph signifies how our Companions mirror the heart and ministry of St Joseph in playing a vital and enduring role in the work of God’s family in this Diocese ensuring it continues well into the future.

Leaving a gift in Your Will

Our Catholic faith is woven through the many milestones in our lives, providing guidance, hope and strength. Reflect on the ways your Catholic faith has influenced your life. Discuss your wishes with family and loved ones and seek professional legal advice before preparing or updating your Will.

Recommended clause for a bequest of any size to our Diocese:

”I give [amount/percentage/asset/item] to The Roman Catholic Trust Corporation for the Diocese of Rockhampton ABN 50 979 741 889 for the use and
benefit of the general charitable, religious and educational purposes of the [insert full name of the Diocese or Appeal].

I direct that the receipt of the Financial Administrator for the time being of The Roman Catholic Trust Corporation for the Diocese of Rockhampton ABN
50 979 741 889 shall constitute a sufficient discharge to my trustee”.

To find specific wording relating to leaving gifts for a Parish or one of our Appeals: Holy Spirit Seminary Appeal; The Clergy Support Foundation Appeal; The St Joseph’s Cathedral Conservation Appeal; and, The Diocesan Ministry Appeal, please click here.

After providing for your family, including a gift of any size in your Will to support the mission of your parish, the Catholic Church and the faith of future generations is a reflection of your gratitude, faith and values.

Let us know if you have included a gift in your Will

Thank you for considering a gift in your Will. If you have included a gift in your Will to support the mission of the Catholic Church, please let us know, so we may thank you and invite you to participate as a new Companion of the Society of St Joseph coordinated by the Diocese.

For more information

We would be happy to assist you. To arrange a meeting to discuss a gift in your Will or for more information, please contact us.

Nathan Harding

Email: nathan.harding@rok.catholic.net.au
Phone: 07 4887 3090
Address: 170 William Street, Rockhampton 4700
Post: PO Box 611, Rockhampton 4700