Hearts on Fire is an annual appeal sent out to help with the general expense of running a seminary. This is the seminary's largest source of funding and the money received goes towards all aspects of seminary life. From reducing the cost of room and board, to the upkeep of the grounds, IHMS would not be able to operate without the Hearts on Fire appeal.
Each spring, IHMS hosts their fundraising gala, the Bishops and Rector Dinner, to raise money for the seminary and give supporters the chance to interact with the men they are helping. This is a great time to meet the seminarians and staff, and experience their unique talents. Each year attendees also get the chance to mingle with other donors and hear talks from Bishop Robert Barron and that year’s guest of honor.
IHMS has added a new fund this year in memorial of Msgr. Donald P. Schmitz, who was not only a student at IHM, but also a Vice-Rector and Spiritual Director as well. This fund was started from donations given in memorial of Msgr. Schmitz and provides funds to benefit IHM students and faculty in deepening faithful understanding through spiritual formation.
Loving Father, source of all that is good, we beg you to look upon us with mercy and love. As your beloved sons and daughters, redeemed in the blood of Jesus Christ, we seek to do your will in every action of our lives. We beg you now to pour out Your Holy Spirit upon the Diocese of Winona-Rochester and help each member of this diocese to live out the call to holiness given to them in baptism.
Please grant us many priests and consecrated persons to serve Your church, strong and holy marriages that serve as a sign of Your self-giving love, and single men and women who are intent on living out Your plan for their lives. Let each of us be more deeply conformed to Your Son, Jesus Christ.
Help us to live in holiness and love, keep us on the path You have marked out for us, which leads to eternal life with You. May Your grace be abundant as we rejoice in hope and confidently trust in Your Divine Providence each day. With grateful hearts, we ask this prayer through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the name of Jesus Christ, who is Lord, forever and ever. Amen.
Leave a legacy by making a gift to one of several endowment funds which provides direct financial assistance to seminarians, programs, or facilities. You could make a gift now or include IHM in your estate planning. For more information, contact Catholic Foundation of Southern Minnesota’s Executive Director Monica Herman via email or call (507) 858-1276 for more information.