Sharing God’s blessings: Leave a legacy

Sr. Goedken

By Sr. Laura Goedken, OP

The first step toward leaving your legacy is to make sure you have an up-to-date will and estate plan. Anyone can leave a legacy and everyone can make a difference in the lives that follow. 

With an up-to-date estate plan, you will remember your family and loved ones first. Then you might think about the charitable organizations where you have been giving a gift.  This includes your local parish, Catholic school and our diocese. Think about the difference you can make in the lives of so many people for generations to come when you leave a legacy to one or more of these. You are perpetuating values near and dear to you when you leave a gift in your estate plan.

A charitable gift in your will can be done several ways:

• a specific bequest of a particular piece of property or dollar amount


• a given percentage of your entire estate

• a residual gift which is “rest, residue and remainder” of your estate after specific gifts are made.

For more information, feel free to contact the diocesan development office, Sister Laura Goedken, director at (563) 324-1912, ext. 290, or

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