From Bishop Vetter

Campaign Prayer

O Lord, my God, teach my heart this day
where and how to see You, where and how to find You.

You have made me and remade me,
and You have bestowed on me
all the good things I possess, and still I do not know You.
I have not yet done that for which I was made.

Teach me to seek You,
for I cannot seek You unless You teach me,
or find You unless You show Yourself to me.
Let me seek You in my desire;
let me desire You in my seeking.
Let me find You by loving You;
let me Love You when I find You.


— St. Anselm

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Total $$ raised as of 4/29/2024


Our Moment

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

— Matthew 28:19

We face a pivotal moment in our Diocese’s history. We recognize the changes that our Diocese and parishes have seen during the past few generations. We continually experience the stresses of a culture that is becoming increasingly secular. We know that families are increasingly isolated, fragmented, and polarized.

But we also know there is great hope in Jesus Christ – because through Him, all things are possible.

Jesus’ words to His disciples in the Great Commission gave them the simple mission to witness – and proclaim – His Gospel to all ends of the earth.

That mission given to Jesus’ first disciples is the same mission for each of us in the Diocese of Helena. Because He First Loved Us … we are called to do the same, to invite others into a relationship with God that will transform them completely inside and out.

As disciples, our paramount mission must be to help people encounter Jesus Christ personally and intimately, in a genuine living relationship.

After prayerful reflection and thoughtful planning, we have identified several strategic priorities totaling $30 million which we know will advance the mission of the Church. We are excited to begin a Campaign for Catholic Life in the Diocese of Helena to ensure key investments in our people, parishes, and ministries – all with an eye toward sharing Christ’s love.

About the Because He Loved Us… Campaign

Because He First Loved Us …

Campaign Goals

Grow Priestly Vocations

Care For Our Retired Priests

Strengthen Our Parishes

Restore Our Diocesan Cathedral

Help Others Discover Christ

An Invitation to Love as Stewards

“It is He who gives to everyone life and breath and everything.”

— Acts 17:25

All that we are, all that we have, we owe to the loving grace of the One whom we come to know as our Lord Jesus Christ who loved us first—and loves us always.

None of us would know love without Christ’s presence in the world. But because of Christ’s presence … because Jesus first Loved us … we love.

Everything starts with God’s love for us. Every good deed we undertake, every kind word we utter, and every time we reach out to our neighbor is rooted in love.

And because He loves us, God has entrusted each of us with unique talents, gifts, and resources. He always gives us more than we deserve; but He does so because He wants us to be stewards, not owners, of what He has entrusted to us. He wants us to use our blessings to bless others—and to lovingly commit ourselves to build His Kingdom here and now.

Pope Benedict XVI reminded us that “to love is to give, to offer what is ‘mine’ to the other.” Quite beautifully, we find our life when we give it away as Jesus did.

Please join your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ throughout Western Montana as we seek to use God’s blessings God’s way for God’s glory. Join us as we continue the work of building God’s Kingdom of love in our world.

May we be people who love … Because He First Loved Us ….

Ways to Give

Cash Gifts

Every gift is a blessing to our faith. Every gift will help our Catholic parishes and ministries share the Good News of Christ Jesus into the future. If you want to make a straightforward gift by cash or check, we are grateful. Please send to PO Box 1729, Helena, MT 59624. If you would prefer to know how to make a gift that offers you tax reduction strategies, please contact us.

Online Gifts

You can give online using the “Choose Your Gift” box on the right of this page. The Foundation accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discovery, American Express or PayPal. If you wish to donate by credit card and need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us or call (406) 389-7050.

Monthly Giving

If you’d like to make monthly donations use the “Choose Your Gift” box on the right and click on “Ongoing”. You can decide how much you’d like your donation to be each month and which endowment you wish to help grow.

Split Gifts

There are so many wonderful Catholic ministries and parishes in our Diocese! If you can’t decide which one you want to help grow we are able to split your gift among multiple endowments so that your gift can be a blessing for many!

Please consult with your tax adviser/attorney before making any planned gifts. The Foundation is happy to provide you and/or your advisor with any information needed.

Gift Annuities

Imagine if you gave a gift, and nearly half was returned to you via tax credits. Would it change the way you give? Montana is a unique state, committed to giving back to its nonprofits through the Montana Endowment Tax Credit. This piece of our tax code allows you to give to an endowment through a planned gift (charitable annuity), and then be able to claim a tax credit of 40% of the total charitable gift. THAT’S AMAZING!

Below is an example of how a gift through an annuity could benefit you and your Church.

Donate appreciated stock and your tax savings in capital gains could be even more! The Foundation can accept donations of cash, stock, real property, grain, cattle and mineral rights. Reach out to us if you would like to create a charitable annuity or discuss your options.

Estate Gifts

The mission of Christ needs help in every generation and a final gift through your estate allows you to continue supporting God’s great work for generations. It is your final opportunity to evangelize those closest to you by showing what mattered the most to you in your life. Just think what the Church could do if everyone tithed in their estate? Please prayerfully consider remembering the Church in your estate plans. Let the Church be a priority in your estate as it was throughout your life.

Stock Gifts

Donating appreciated investments to the Foundation is a great way to help preserve our faith for future generations AND help you save taxes! Donating is easy; simply fill out the Gift of Stock Notification Form and share the wiring instructions (included in the form) with your broker transfer the gift to the Foundation.

Other Gift Types

The Foundation for the Diocese of Helena can help make donations more efficient and effective for you as the donor. The following types of donations are some of the many creative ways you can make a donation and take advantage of tax savings. If you are interested in any of these types of gifts, please reach out to us and we will contact you to discuss your options.


  • IRA Rollovers—A great way to utilize your mandatory distributions and benefit the Church while receiving tax benefits.
  • Life Insurance—Add the Foundation as the beneficiary to your life insurance policy.
  • Cattle/Grain—Farmers and ranchers may receive a more significant tax savings if they gift grain or livestock directly, rather than selling the commodity and making a gift from the proceeds. Gifting in this manner allows you to avoid the sale of the commodity as income, while the production costs may still be deductible.
  • Real Estate—Capital gains can negatively impact your estate but you can minimize the impact on your estate when you donate your appreciated property to the Church.
  • Employer Matching Gifts—Let us know if your employer provides matching gifts for your charitable donations.
  • Donor Advised Funds—Contact the Foundation to learn if this is the right gifting avenue for you.
  • Memorial/Honorial Gifts—Remember and honor those who have had an impact on your faith through a gift to the ministry/parish that has touched your heart.

Please consult with your tax adviser/attorney before making any planned gifts. The Foundation is happy to provide you and/or your advisor with any information needed.

If you are unable to give financially at this time, we ask that you give through prayer, offering up thanksgiving for our priests, our deacons, our faith-lives that God has so graciously gifted to us, and pray, we ask of you, for the future of our Church. 

Phone & Address

Phone: (406) 389-7050

Physical: 630 N Last Chance Gulch, Suite 2200, Helena, MT 59601

Mailing: PO Box 1729, Helena, MT 59624

Please send gifts to:
Because He First Loved Us
PO Box 1319, Helena, MT 59624

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