Planned Giving: 1875 Legacy Society.

Declare Your Planned Giving

In 1875, St. Arnold Janssen founded the Society of the Divine Word to make Jesus known to every person in every nation, to reach out to the most neglected areas around the world, and to share the Gospel through a life of missionary service. 

The 1875 Legacy Society was established to carry on the legacy of St. Arnold. The members are a special group who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to Divine Word Missionaries’ future through their bequest, trust or other planned giving arrangements. Thanks to these gifts, the Catholic faith will flourish in the most remote communities in the far corners of the world. Many of Divine Word Missionaries’ most beneficial programs have succeeded through the foresight and generosity of those faithful benefactors who remembered Divine Word Missionaries in their estate plans. 

If you have already included Divine Word Missionaries in your estate plans, please let us know. Email us at We would like to thank you and welcome you into this special group.

Declare Your Planned Giving
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1875 Legacy Society Member Benefits


Special Members Mass 

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Quarterly Mission Updates

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Special communication from our Mission Director


Inclusion in the daily prayers of our Missionaries

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Invitation to Events


Recognition in our 1875 Legacy Society Honor Roll
(unless you choose to remain anonymous)

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The material presented on this website is intended as general educational information on the topics discussed herein and should not be interpreted as legal, financial or tax advice. Please seek the specific advice of your tax advisor, attorney or financial planner to discuss the application of these topics to your individual situation. 

"Whoever cares for the poor lends to the Lord,
    who will pay back the sum in full."

Proverbs 19:17


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Our legacy is not measured in wealth, but in the lives we touch and the souls we transform, echoing the divine word of our Savior for generations to come.