The financial generosity of Tom Benson and his wife that own the New Orleans Saints Football team and the New Orleans Hornets ( note they change to the Pelicans this year ) to the Catholic Church has been astounding. I don't how many articles I have seen where the Benson family has given great sums of money to Catholic things within and outside the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
Now we have this. See from the New Orleans Catholic newspaper a very good article ) Bensons fund $7M seminary renovation
Here is a part:
In thanking the Bensons for their gift, Archbishop Gregory Aymond said he had not even asked them to come forward. Tom Benson said he and his wife attended a function at the seminary two years ago when he was remarking to a group of seminarians about how nice the first floor of the seminary looked.
“They got me in the middle of the hallway and they said, ‘Mr. Benson, have you ever been upstairs to see how we live?’” Benson said, laughing. “I never did go upstairs. That was enough. It’s really our privilege to be able to do this.”
Archbishop Aymond said the Bensons came to him with the offer to fund the renovations under one condition – that they chair a fund-raising committee to invite others to donate to future projects at the seminary.
“This happens very rarely,” Archbishop Aymond said. “Usually, when you have projects, you’re trying to find people to be generous. The Bensons believe very much in the Catholic Church and very much in the priesthood. They are examples of good stewardship. The real meaning of stewardship is that we realize that everything we have and everything we are comes from God.
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