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St. John Paul II Fund for Priests

Founded by Larry and Karen Dwyer

The St. John Paul II Fund was established to honor priests, living or deceased, diocesan or a member of a religious order, who have been a special part of your life, and at the same time support the mission of IPF.

When $5,000 or more is donated in honor of a particular priest, he will receive the St. John Paul II Medallion and will have his name permanently inscribed on a beautiful plaque on the Wall of Honor at the Institute.

Gifts to the St. John Paul II Fund can be given to the IPF Foundation in one of two ways: as an endowed fund or as a non-endowed purpose restricted fund. Endowed funds allows the original funds to be invested and a percentage of the interest earned can be distributed once a year, whereas, purpose restricted funds may be used for seminarian and priestly formation expenses and programs throughout the year.

You may make your donation in one or more installments, by yourself or with a group of friends or family, as a recurring gift, or as a gift from your will or trust.

“For over 50 years, Fr. Thomas J. Halley, S.J. was an important part of my family, whether it was bringing communion to my invalid grandmother, sitting up all night in the hospital with my dying mother, co-officiating my marriage, or concelebrating my father’s funeral. He prayed with us, listened to us, shared meals with us, and was our friend. I will always treasure that he loved us and was always there for us, just like Jesus.”
- Lawrence A. Dwyer, Omaha

Many individuals like Larry have honored priests who have affected their lives by opening and funding an IPF St. John Paul II Fund for Priests account in the priest’s name. These donations are used by IPF to support the spiritual formation programs offered to diocesan seminarians and priests who have a deep desire for a closer relationship with Jesus, similar to the priests being honored.

For more information, read the brochure and the reply cards which give more details on how you, too, can honor a priest who holds a special place in your heart. Questions? Contact Beth Wells.

Read the list of currently honored priests to see which accounts have been opened. Adding to existing accounts is possible at any time.

Named Fund

  • Larry and Karen Dwyer