In Memory of Me
In Memory of Me

Fundraising for vocations through precious metal donations.

Throughout our diocese, many have outdated jewelry passed to them from a family member, just sitting in a drawer. Some have unmatched earrings, that will never again be worn. An engagement band from an engagement called off. A wedding band remains after a divorce that only brings sadness. All of this can be transformed into a beautiful source of hope for our parishes, and way to offset financial obstacles for those responding to an authentic call to a vocation.


How to make a donation

Boxes and mailing labels are available in the narthex of your church, or inquire with your parish office. If you would like to request a mailer be sent straight to you, call 1-305-563-6679. Be sure to include the completed form found on the back of this flyer, with your donation.

Just call 1-305-563-6679 to request your secure mailer and start letting old jewelry bring new life.


The response to religious vocations is strong but the costs today are rising higher than ever.

As tuitions increase, so goes the costs of a seminarians education. Religious life frequently requires an absence of debt, yet more and more hear their call to this life after years of college in pursuit of another path. From tuition and travel to vestments and chalice, a new priest has many mounting costs, but precious few opportunities to raise funds. Often the weight of these expenses rests on the shoulders of parents, or at worst become an obstacle to an authentic call.

But there is another way, and its tradition is rooted in the early days of the Church…

In fifth century Europe, a beautiful practice arose at the construction sites of new churches. Because it was otherwise impractical to transport a large bell from a foundry to a new building, a pit was often dug right on the church grounds and a bell form assembled right inside. There, the bellfounder would actually cast the church’s bells on site! When a town produced a bell it was a truly momentous occasion in which the whole community would participate. Molten copper bronze alloy was poured into the pit to great celebration! And then those townespeople who were able would proceed to drop their gifts of gold and silver into the pit. At the time, the belief was not just that their charitable gift was a powerful self sacrifice, but that it would actually improve the beauty of the bell’s tone.

Today, when a parent passes away the family must decide if the wedding ring will be buried or retained. Imagine if that symbol of marital love could somehow find new purpose as a chalice for a new priest! The Diocese of Joliet’s office of vocations is very proud to introduce a program that makes this possible. It is called “In Memory of Me.”

Behold, I make all things new!

In Memory of Me is a totally cashless “precious metal donation drive.” Many throughout our diocese have outdated jewelry or other precious metal possessions passed to them from a family member just sitting in a drawer. Some have unmatched earrings, that will never again be worn. An engagement band from an engagement called off. A wedding band remains after a divorce that now only brings sadness. All of this can be transformed into a beautiful source of hope for our parishes, and way to offset financial obstacles for those responding to an authentic call to a vocation.

When you donate your old jewelry or precious metal items to In Memory of Me, your gift is 100% tax deductible at its fair market value, and the funds it garners are passed on directly to the diocese. All names of donors will be placed in a prayer book given to the priest at ordination, ensuring daily remembrance in the grateful prayers of that priest. Receipts for more than $5,000 will be accompanied by the appropriate IRS form.

You may already be giving monetary gifts to the diocese, but now you can give above and beyond what you may have even imagined. Be assured, God will not be outdone in generosity!

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