Meet Our Donors
We thank all our planned-gift donors for their generous support. Here are some of their stories.
Stefan and Helena Wichmanowski Endowment
For the Shepherd's Care Fund – Support of our Retired Priests
The story of the Wichmanowski family is an heroic epic that reflects the strength of our great nation and of the Church of Pittsburgh. It started over 100 years ago (AD1911) with the shipboard encounter of Stefan Wichmanowski and Helena Blaszkiewicz, immigrants from Poland. Stefan and Helena came from separate villages and met on their journey to America. They were married in 1913 and became active and devout faithful of St. Adalbert Parish on Pittsburgh's Southside. They were blessed with six children: Julia (Mrs. John Gawrich); Helen (Mrs. Edward Krynski); Hedwig (Mrs. Ray Sierka); Rev. Fr. Joseph S. Wichmanowski, Pastor and County Prison Chaplain; Henry A. (Mrs. Eve M. June Wichmanowski), Educator/Principal, WWII, Order of the Purple Heart; and Chaplain (Col) Walter F. Wichmanowski, Veteran WWII and 28 years Unites States Army Chaplain, including et alia, Vietnam Conflict. Grandmother, Julia Blaszkiewicz, also resided with the family. The Wichmanowski family built and operated the neighborhood bakery for 30 years.
Father Walter F. Wichmanowski, now 86, retired and living in Vincentian Home, is an important part of this story. He has been very generous in his life, purchasing Charitable Gift Annuities and assigning their regular distributions for charitable purposes like support for the Chimbote, Peru mission hospital and clinic. He remembers his parents for their priceless gifts to him of their devout Catholic faith, and for their great patriotism for their adopted country. He has recently established the Stefan and Helena Wichmanowski Fund in memory of his parents. Distributions from this fund will support the growing number of retired priests in our Diocese.
Throughout his life Father developed a special devotion to the Blessed Mother. In his parents' memory he prays, "My mother and father were exemplary Catholics and servants of God and Country. Mary Immaculate, the Patroness of the United States, pray for them."
Dr. Harry and Monica Null
Dr. Harry and Monica Null are pleased to support the Diocese of Pittsburgh on an ongoing basis. They have lived in Pittsburgh nearly all of their lives, are grateful for what they have, and strongly believe in giving back to their community.
The Nulls are long-time members of Saint Sebastian Parish in Ross Township; they have been parishioners there for 40 of their 45 years of marriage. They feel fortunate to have known many good priests over those 40 years, among them Father Paul (now Bishop) Bradley.
Monica is very active in ministries within the parish—she volunteers with the Ladies of Charity and the bereavement group, she is an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, and she spends time every year helping with the parish festival. She is currently a volunteer at Vincentian Home as well. After a lifetime dedicated to professional service, Harry enjoys a physically active retirement, playing tennis and golf. The Nulls have one grown son.
Monica is grateful for her 16 years of Catholic education, from grade school through Seton Hill College. Harry attended Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. Along with supporting both of those schools on a regular basis, the Nulls support the Saint Sebastian capital campaign for church renovations, and the annual fund for the school and the church.
Dr. and Mrs. Null extend their generosity to the diocese as well, through their annual support of the Parish Share Program. They have also established an endowed fund in their names to benefit the Bishop's Education Fund and the Shepherd's Care Fund in the diocesan foundation. The Bishop's Education Fund provides scholarship aid for Catholic school children, and the Shepherd's Care Fund supports retired priests and the education of seminarians. The Nulls consider their giving a payback for all of the good that they have had in their lives.
The Nulls are looking forward to being part of the pilgrimage to Poland with Bishop Zubik in July.
Martin Salley believes that giving is just part of being a Catholic.
Mr. Salley was originally from East McKeesport. He has seven brothers and attended St. Mary Magdalene School in Homestead, as well as Homestead High School. He was a parishioner of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish for 20 years.
Martin has seen a lot in his life of 89 years. He has fond memories of his younger days, walking with a group of friends from Homestead to Forbes Field in Oakland to watch a Pirate game, and walking back home again when the game was over.
Although he has no children of his own, he keeps close track of his 80 nieces and nephews.
Martin firmly believes in the value of Catholic education, and has generously contributed to the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He regularly invests in gift annuities in an effort toward keeping our Catholic schools strong.
Martin has many ties to our diocesan schools. His niece, Janet Salley Rakoczy, is currently the principal at Brookline Regional Catholic School, and another niece teaches at Word of God School in Rankin/Swissvale. His nephew graduated from Central Catholic High School this year, and two of his nieces are alumnae of Oakland Catholic High School.
Martin Salley worked at Westinghouse for 47 years and retired in 1990 at age 68. He has always worked at two or three jobs because he likes to meet new people.
He now lives in Edgewood and attends Word of God and Good Shepherd churches.