Supporters of Southwest
Donor Levels and Descriptions
John Hines Legacy Society
Bequests and other planned gifts increase the seminary's endowment, thereby strengthening our mission to prepare leaders for the Church throughout the years. The value of this particular gift grows with each generation of seminarians. Such as gift is truly a legacy.
The Right Reverend George Washington Freeman, Missionary Bishop of the Southwest, was elected in 1844. The Seminary of the Southwest can trace its roots to Bishop Freeman who provided for the private study for Holy Orders when the Diocese of Texas was organized in 1850.
The Freeman Society, a gift club at the $25,000 and above level
The Reverend Charles Gillette, 1813-1869, was a missionary to Texas and tirelessly worked toward the establishment of a seminary in Austin. The lack of means and support postponed the fulfillment of his goal.
The Gillette Society, a gift club at the $10,000 and above level
The Right Reverend Clinton Quin, Bishop of Texas, and the Right Reverend John Hines, Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of Texas, shared a vision for a seminary being established in the southwest after World War II. Both were instrumental in bringing this vision to fulfillment.
The Founders Society, a gift club at the $5,000 and above level
The estate donated for the site of the Seminary of the Southwest was given in loving memory of Ernest Villavaso, Jr., who died as a young man.
The Villavaso Society, a gift club of $2,500 and above level
This society honors the family who built the estate, Rather House, and donated it and its block square site to the Seminary of the Southwest after World War II.
The Rather Society, a gift club at the $1,000 and above level
The Very Reverend Gray Blandy was the first Dean of the Seminary.
The Blandy Society, a gift club at the $500 and above level
Seminary Cross Society
The Seminary Cross distinctively stands outside the chapel for all people passing by, as well as forming a reflective background for the altar within the chapel.
The Seminary Cross Society, a gift club at the $250 and above level
Live Oak Society
This society is named for the live oak trees, true beauties of creation that shade the seminary campus.
The Live Oak Society, a gift club at the $100 and above level
Become a Member of the John Hines Legacy Society
For more information about making a planned gift and becoming a member of the John Hines Legacy Society please contact Tara Elgin Holley Vice President of Institutional Advancement 512.439.0355 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Southwest is committed to continued growth of our student body. We propose to raise $1 million for endowed student scholarships. Such support is essential for an institution committed to increasing the number of seminarians sent into the world to lead congregations and to serve as chaplains and laity in hospitals, hospice centers, homeless shelters, prisons, and the military at home and abroad. Our ecumenical programs—in Spiritual Formation, Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care, and Counseling—are growing. Our current endowment for scholarships is more than $5 million, awarded as grants.
For more information about scholarships please contact Tara Elgin Holley Vice President of Institutional Advancement 512.439.0355 Email: email@example.com