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"Then, the King will say to those on his right hand, 'Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take as your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you made me welcome, lacking clothes and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me.'"


— Matthew 25:34-36

History of the Catholic Foundation of Vancouver Island
In early 1984, a regional development meeting at St. Edwards in Duncan sowed the seeds of the Catholic Foundation of Vancouver Island. On the agenda was the lack of funds for parish and diocesan projects, big and small. The meeting also discussed the need to instill the principles of giving to reflect personal faith and spiritual growth.

Those present included Bishop Remi de Roo and Everald Compton of E. Compton and Associates, consultants.

On February 7, 1984, Compton Associates Consulting Ltd. was hired by the Victoria diocese to conduct a feasibility study for a major capital fundraising program over three years.

In a report dated March 6, 1984, and a proposal dated March 10, 1984, the consulting firm called for the establishment of the Catholic Foundation of Vancouver Island to embark on a $5,000,000 Fund Raising Program.

The specific aim was to challenge spiritually the Catholics in the diocese who believed in the church’s mission and wanted to participate in this outreach.

The proposal called for a campaign with an “intensive phase”: 15 weeks from Monday, February 18, 1985, to Friday, May 31, 1985.

On June 6, 1984, in a memo to all parishes, Bishop Remi de Roo announced the establishment of a trust fund, to be known as the Catholic Foundation of Vancouver Island, and in September the Bishop and Mr. Compton toured the diocese to consult and determine the diocese’s primary needs over the next five years.

On October 10, 1984, Bishop Remi de Roo appointed the foundation’s first trustees: Fr. Ken Bernard, Frances Beaton, Bishop Remi J. de Roo, Joe Di Marco, Msgr. Philip Hanley, Sister Mary Ellen King, SSA, Ed Lovick (chair), Les McKinnon and Linda O’Shea.

In January 1985, an indenture of trust was signed by the foundation’s first trustees: The foundation was established to apply its fund (with the indenture allocating a specific portion of the fund indicated in parenthesis below):

  • for the development of new parishes, parish or Diocesan resource centres and future social projects for the Diocese (20 per cent);
  • for the relocation on the Chancery of the Diocese to provide sufficient accommodation for the pastoral and informational services of the Diocese (10 per cent);
  • to provide support and maintenance to the Diocesan seminarians and for the creation of new ministries within the Diocese for both men and women (five per cent);
  • to provide support and maintenance for the missionary work in the Diocese (10 per cent);
  • for a contribution to the restoration of the Cathedral of the Diocese (12 per cent);
  • to assist in the construction of a sheltered workshop and store for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and to assist social welfare projects throughout the Diocese (12 per cent);
  • to provide support and maintenance of retired priests, deacons, lay workers, and lay ministers of the Diocese (five per cent);
  • for the development of St. Andrew’s High School, the development of Roman Catholic Schools, and religious education projects (20 per cent);
  • for charitable objectives of the Roman Catholic Church in third world countries; and
  • to provide funds for such other objectives as the trustees may deem appropriate from time to time provided these objectives are charitable in nature and further the spiritual mission of the Roman Catholic Church (six per cent).

The initial indenture of trust allowed trustees to:

  • make gifts or loans, either with or without interest, out of the capital fund for a., b., e., f., h., i., and j. of section 2;
  • make gifts or loans out of the income arising from the capital fund for c., d., g., and j. or section 2.

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"Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'In truth I tell you, it is hard for someone rich to enter the kingdom of Heaven. Yes, I tell you again, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for someone rich to enter the kingdom of Heaven.'"


— Matthew 19:23-24