St. John, Apostle of Charity Society

St. John, Apostle of Charity Society

As he was dying on the cross, Jesus gave the apostle John the honor and responsibility of taking Mary, his mother, into his home.  St. John was the one apostle faithful to Jesus through the sorrows of the cross.  He was the apostle “whom Jesus loved.”

St. John, the son of Zebedee and brother of St. James, is called the ‘Apostle of Charity’, a virtue he had learned from Jesus and which he showed by words and examples.

Faithfulness and charity to the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City can earn people the distinction of becoming a member of the St. John, Apostle of Charity Society.  Eligibility for membership is open to those who have contributed a minimum of $25,000 to the Diocese within the last ten years through gifts of cash, real property, securities or scholarships.

Two types of gifts can offer unique tax benefits:

Real Property – Gifts of real estate you have owned for 12 months or more can be free of capital gains taxes and may allow you a charitable deduction equal to the fair market value of the property.

Securities – Gifts of appreciated stock are similar to a gift of real estate.  If you have owned the stock for 12 months or more, you avoid capital gains taxes.



Society Member Levels

Diamond: $1 million plus
Emerald: $500,000 plus
Ruby: $250,000 plus
Sapphire: $100,000 plus
Citron: $50,000 plus
Amethyst: $25,000 plus

Expressing Our Gratitude

Members of the St. John, Apostle of Charity Society  will

  • Have their names engraved on the Tree of Gratitude hung in the Alphonse J. Schwartze Memorial Catholic Center. 
  • Be invited to attend a special annual dinner with Bishop W. Shawn McKnight to commemorate St. John, as well as other special events.