There’s no shortage of charities doing good work who need and deserve our support. St. Joseph Church’s Father Raymond Brenner has made giving to these charities, as well as encouraging his congregation to contribute, a cornerstone of his ministry.

JASPER, IN, December 25, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — The world can be a challenging place, but thankfully many good organizations are trying their best to help. Few appreciate this more than Pastor Raymond Brenner, of St. Joseph Church, in Jasper, Indiana, who has made supporting worthy causes one of his main missions in life. This sense of giving has won Father Ray, as he is known colloquially, a remarkable reputation both in the local community and among the many charities that are supported through his work.

Father Brenner was born in Evansville, Indiana. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Classics at St. Meinrad College and his M.Div. at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology He was ordained as a priest of the Roman Catholic Church in 1969. He was a Deacon of the Nativity Church in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1968 and Associate Pastor of St. John’s Church, Loogootee, Indiana, 1969-74. From there, he was Associate Pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Church, Haubstadt, Indiana, 1974-78, Pastor of Saint Mary’s Church, Sullivan, Indiana, 1978-86, Pastor of St. Joan of Arc Church, Jasonville, Indiana, 1982-86, Pastor of Resurrection Church, Evansville, Indiana, 1986-02. Since then, he has been Pastor of Saint Joseph Church in Jasper, Indiana. Pastor Brenner’s expertise lies in Administering the Sacraments of the Catholic Church, marriage counseling, and support groups for divorcees.

“The Lord has called us not to be served but ‘To Serve’.” -Pastor Raymond Brenner

Some of the charities that Father Ray and his parish donate to include St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Sisters of St. Benedict, Ferdinand, Indiana, Riley Children’s Foundation, Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology, Sisters of Providence, Mater Dei High School, and Sisters of St. Francis (Oldenburg) to name a few. Here is an overview of these organizations for you to better understand the importance of their respective plights:

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, founded in 1962, is a pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children’s catastrophic diseases, particularly leukemia and other cancers. The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. www.stjude.org

The Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana, one of the largest Benedictine communities of women in the United States, are monastic women seeking God through the Benedictine tradition of community life, prayer, hospitality, and service to others. By their life and work, they commit themselves to be a presence of peace as they join their sisters and brothers in the common search for God. https://www.thedome.org

The Riley Memorial Association, now named Riley Children’s Foundation, in 1921. The group’s first project was to raise enough money to purchase and preserve Mr. Riley’s Victorian home in the Lockerbie neighborhood of Indianapolis, and open it to the public. The group further honored Mr. Riley’s legacy by building Riley Hospital for Children and opening Camp Riley for Youth with Physical Disabilities. Riley Hospital opened its doors and received its first patient in 1924. The history of Riley Children’s Foundation is one of generosity, shown by thousands of supporters who have made the hospital, camp and museum home such treasured resources. Riley’s Emergency Department is Indiana’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center treating 30,000 kids each year. http://www.rileykids.org

The mission of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology is the initial and ongoing formation of priests, permanent deacons, and laity to minister together effectively in the service and evangelization of the Roman Catholic Church and the world. Realizing this mission requires attention to the distinctive identity and formation of priests, permanent deacons, and laity as well as the development of professional skills to assist them in working together for effective ministry and evangelization in the Church and the world. https://www.saintmeinrad.edu

Sisters of Providence is a community of Roman Catholic women religious (vowed sisters). The Sisters of Providence live out Jesus’ radical Gospel message by dedicating their lives to love, mercy and justice. They collaborate with others to create a more just and hope-filled world through prayer, education, service and advocacy. For more than 175 years, the Sisters have been breaking boundaries and creating hope by serving people on the margins of society throughout the United States and in Asia. They serve according to each of their diverse talents, in the areas of education, social and ecological justice ministries, health care, church and spiritual ministry and more. https://spsmw.org/about/who-we-are/

For over 67 years, Mater Dei has been the heart of Catholic education in Vanderburgh County. With a focus on the holistic development of each and every student, we encourage students to dream big and realize opportunities they might not imagine. https://www.materdei.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=527775&type=d&pREC_ID=1042472

The Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis, Oldenburg, are women of prayer, committed to the Gospel values as lived by St. Francis and Mother Theresa Hackelmeier. From their life in community we are sent to extend the mission of Jesus through our presence and service. Enlivened by a spirit of justice, reconciliation and peace, they collaborate with others in responding to the needs of the world. The Sisters of St. Francis fulfill these words by being women of prayer in the ministries they do and the places where they are present. Since Vatican II opened the doors to the many needs of the world, the Sisters minister in education, parish ministry, social service, healthcare and social justice. https://oldenburgfranciscans.org

Pastor Raymond Brenner has made it his life’s mission to help people and to spread the word of the the Lord. The aforementioned causes comprise a great portion of his celebrated and appreciated generosity. His charity work is second to none. Pastor Brenner pursued this very story as a promotional vehicle solely to move forward the message of giving and love, especially at this singular time of year. Pastor Raymond Brenner simply asks that you learn about these good causes through their websites, and if you’re so inclined the contribution pages are easy to find. Any level of contribution will surely be appreciated.

To learn more be sure to visit Father Ray’s official website: https://raymondbrenner.com


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