Ignatius House Chapel Endowment Fund


The Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center held a special place in Betty Smith’s heart. A longtime supporter of the retreat center who attended its first retreat and enjoyed its spiritual atmosphere, she knew how beneficial a new chapel would be for the retreatants and the staff. She and her husband, Alex, donated the money for the chapel in memory of their son Alexander Smith IV who passed away suddenly when he was 6 years old. Her son James was the architect for the chapel, forming another sentimental connection with the center.


When the Smith family met in 2011 to discuss what charitable organizations they wanted to support through the Alex and Betty Smith Family Donor Advised Fund at the Catholic Foundation, they decided to start an endowment fund for the chapel to support its maintenance and capital needs in perpetuity. “When the chapel was being built, we really didn’t know what to expect,” shared Clarence, one of Alex and Betty’s sons. “But now the chapel is the place where people meet. We hope that this fund will maintain the chapel in the manner of what it should be in perpetuity.” The grant was made in memory of Alex Smith III and in honor of Betty Smith.


Clarence also shared that he and his siblings were happy to establish this endowment fund while their mother was still alive so she would be able to see the good the money would do. The Ignatius House Chapel Endowment Fund has provided $67,329.08 for the chapel since its establishment in 2011. The designated grant distributions from this fund have been used to buy new chapel furnishings, restore chairs, provide professional cleaning, help with a new roof, and more.


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