The Fleur de Lis Society recognizes our most generous and ardent annual donors. Originally conceived in 2003, the Fleur de Lis Society was formed to emphasize the importance of the Annual Fund (Griffin Fund) and publically thank donors of $1,000 or more. Annual leadership gifts are vital to the ongoing operational success of the College.
Remaining true to our founding Sisters by weaving touches of our past into our future, the Fleur de Lis is representative of Chestnut Hill College and the Sisters of Saint Joseph, symbolizing our shared mission and core values.
Each new member will receive a Fleur de Lis Society pin to recognize their steadfast commitment to the College and our students.
The giving level names are as follows:
President's Circle: $50,000+
The President’s Circle, currently at the helm of Sister Carol Jean Vale, recognizes the College’s most generous and ardent annual donors. Their steadfast support is tangible proof of their demonstrated commitment and endorsement of the mission and core values that distinguish Chestnut Hill College and our graduates.
Logue Circle: $25,000 - $49,999
Sister Maria Kostka Logue presided as dean of Mount St. Joseph College when it first opened in 1924. She served as President of Chestnut Hill College from 1942-1954. Sister Logue is often remembered for her speech to a group of students stating that Chestnut Hill College “will prepare you to learn how to earn a living, because you must. But you are here to learn how to live.” This very spirit is embodied within the College community today.
Fournier Circle: $10,000 - $24,999
Mother St. John Fournier was among the first group of six sisters to come to America. She helped establish schools for girls, for boys, for orphans, for the deaf, for black people, and for Native Americans, without any distinction for religion or country of origin; a tradition that was to characterize the Sisters of St Joseph, and is seen in the diversity that Chestnut Hill College has espoused throughout its existence.
Fontbonne Circle: $5,000 - $9,999
Jeanne Fontbonne joined the congregation at the age of 19 and became the first Mother Superior of the Sisters of St. Joseph. At Chestnut Hill, the dormitory that has become home to many first-year students has been named in her honor.
Médaille Circle: $2,500 - $4,999
The simple Jesuit missionary with a revolutionary idea: to organize a religious congregation for women without the walls of a cloister. They were to go out among the people and care for their needs, especially those of girls and women. Under the strict hierarchical absolutism of the seventeenth century, Father Médaille’s idea was unheard of.
Loyola Circle: $1,000 - $2,499
Saint Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits, and inspired a number of communities of women with his spirituality and writings. Among those communities is the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, founded by the French Jesuit, Jean-Pierre Médaille at Le Puy, France in 1650, just a hundred years after the Jesuits had their beginnings.
For more information contact:
The Office of Institutional Advancement
Michelle Presnall, Director of the Griffin Fund