Welcome to the Fr. Tom Fratus Foundation webpage!
Fr. Tom Fratus, OFM, was a Franciscan friar who had a great love for the poor. The warm relationships he developed before his death on May 4, 2006 changed the lives of countless persons. He is warmly remembered by friends, family, his brother friars, students and teachers at Nazareth Academy, and parishioners for his humility and simplicity. He trusted Jesus in everything and found good in everyone.
Fr. Tom's legacy continues through the Fr. Tom Fratus Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that was established by Keith Bane, one of Fr Tom's good friends, so that his work of helping the poor could continue. The Foundation exclusively supports Franciscan Outreach, one of Fr Tom's favorite projects. There are several wonderful reflections about Fr. Tom on the web. Here they are...
from St. Peter's Church in the Loop - the bulletin of May 21, 2006 http://www.stpetersloop.org/libraries/2/50.pdf
from the Franciscan Friars of the Sacred Heart Province - the newsletter of May 11, 2006 http://www.thefriars.org/atp/ATP-060511.pdf
As of October, 2012, the Fr. Tom Fratus Foundation has made grants of over $156,000 to Franciscan Outreach and has a balance on hand of approximately $51,000. Funds have been raised through donations in Fr Tom's memory as well as golf outings featuring special guests such as Michael Andretti, Johnny Lattner, Randy Hundley, and Peter Longo. Fundraising activities are ongoing. Donations are always welcome.
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 11, 2012, for a Christmas Party at Bonefish Grill in Algonquin. Click on the invitation for more details...
To purchase tickets, click the "Make a Donation" button and specify the number of tickets you'd like in the "Comments" box. Join us for a fun time!
Please note that your donation will show up as "Give Direct" on your credit card statement. The Foundation will receive 100% of your VISA and Mastercard donation, with a small percentage being deducted by American Express if you use an American Express card.
For more information contact Diana Faust at her first name and @franoutreach.org or (773) 278-6724.
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