Holy Donors

Holy Donors

Sharing inspiring stories of radical generosity that have changed the world! Thanks to countless amazing and generous Catholic philanthropists, humanity has been given so many gifts. These stories of goodness, virtue, kindness and humility are so inspiring. Stories of eradicating disease, building cathedrals and universities, establishing towns and schools, feeding the hungry and serving the poor provide hope to a world so much in need of it. #fundraising #donors #radicalgenerosity www.holydonors.com


November 17, 2022 29 min
Welcome back to Holy Donors as we continue our story about Catherine Doherty’s life and legacy. In this episode, our hosts, Rhen, Thaddeus, and Matt, share about the later years in Catherine’s life, and they wrap up the episode with Thaddeus sharing that Catherine is one of the most “amazing public Catholics that I’ve never heard of.”

We return to Catherine’s story as she and her new husband Eddie are pushed out of the Harlem Fr...
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And, our story about Catherine Doherty and the ups and downs of her life continues…

We return to the story just after a scandal forced Catherine to leave her ministry, Friendship House, in Toronto. Left without a ministry home, Catherine left Canada to visit Dorothy Day in New York. From there she began traveling throughout Europe and writing magazine articles about the Catholic influence on society.

After a brief stopover in N...
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We return, this week, to our adventures through the life and service of Catherine Doherty. Last week’s episode ended with Catherine and her husband, Boris, struggling to survive starvation, illness, and isolation in Finland. In an unexpected turn of events, Finland turned against the Communists, and in doing so, gave Catherine and Boris a chance to survive. The pair eventually returned to Russia to fight in the country’s ongoing...
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Welcome! We are thrilled to begin our new season of Holy Donors, and this time, our hosts introduce us to the life and service of Catherine Doherty. While Catherine Doherty may be relatively unknown to most of us, she is a brave and faithful servant, and we are excited to share her story with you.

Catherine was born to Russian nobility in the late 1800s, and throughout her childhood, she traveled the worldwith her family. Cathe...
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In today’s wrap party episode, our hosts, Thaddeus, Andrew, Matt, and Rhen, share their thoughts on this season of Holy Donors about Pierre Toussaint. They all agree that, despite knowing almost nothing about the Venerable Pierre Toussaint prior to their research for this season, they are so glad they chose Pierre as one of their holy donors.

Thaddeus shares the challenges he faced in leading this season. Not only was this the fur...
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We’re glad you’re back! In the first 3 episodes of this season of Holy Donors, Thaddeus, Andrew, Matt, and Rhen discuss the details of Pierre Toussaint's life. In this 4th episode, they focus on Pierre’s philanthropy and his legacy. The episode ends with each of our hosts casting his vote for whether or not Pierre Toussaint deserves to be called a holy donor.

In his lifetime, Pierre proved to be a holy, loving man. He serv...
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And, we’re back! This week’s episode returns us to Pierre’s life in New York after his master, Jean Jacques Bérard, dies on a trip to Haiti. Upon Bérard’s death, Pierre is left to care for Bérard’s widow, Marie, and as the de facto head of household, Pierre supports her well on his hairdresser’s wages. Pierre is a popular hairdresser among New York City’s wealthy socialites, and he works long hours, spending his money responsibly...
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In today’s episode, we return to our story of Pierre Toussaint’s exodus from Saint Domingue during the Haitian Revolution. The Bérard family and the Toussaint siblings leave an island of fire and ruins, and they sail to New York City When they arrive in New York City, they find the nation's capital, a city of sixty thousand inhabitants, to be a commercial and cultural hub.

Pierre and the Bérard family are popular upon their ar...
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Welcome back to the new season of Holy Donors! We are excited to return from our summer vacations and explore the life and generosity of this season’s star, Pierre Toussaint. Pierre Toussaint was born into slavery on the French colony of Saint Domingue (Saint Domingue was what we know today as independent Haiti), and he served as a trusted domestic slave to his master Jean Jacques Bérard. When Bérard and his family fled Saint Do...
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June 30, 2022 1 min
The guys will be taking a short break for the summer, but we'll be back to discuss more holy donors in September!
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It’s time for this season’s wrap party! Join Andrew, Matt, Thaddeus, and Rhen as they finish out this season of Holy Donors featuring Texas philanthropist Tim Scanlan. As is typical with Holy Donors’ wrap parties, our hosts share jokes and a behind the scenes look at how the group chose Tim Scanlan as one of its holy donors.

Our hosts also share their takeaways from this season. Each host highlights a few of the lessons about fam...
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Join our hosts, Andrew, Matt, Thaddeus, and Rhen, as they conclude their journey through Tim Scanlan’s life (and his daughters’ lives) by sharing stories of what happens with Scanlan’s wealth after Scanlan and all of his daughters pass away.

Stella was the final Scanlan sister to pass away, and following her death, nearly two dozen cousins came out of the woodwork to challenge Stella’s will, the will that ultimately gave all of fa...
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In this episode of Holy Donors, Andrew, Matt, Thaddeus, and Rhen return to tell the story of what happens to Tim Scanlan’s fortune after he passes away without a will. When Scanlan dies, he is survived by seven daughters. Despite his lack of a formal written will, Scanlan had told his family and his attorney that all of his money should be given equally to his daughters, and upon the deaths of his children, the remaining money sh...
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Episode 2

We return to Tim Scanlan’s story right as the Civil War is beginning. Still living in Houston, Scanlan had started working in the cotton trade, he married, and his wife Sophia was pregnant when Texas started drafting its male residents to join the Confederate army. Scanlan did not support slavery, and he refused to fight for the Confederacy. Thus, Scanlan flees Texas and lives in Mexico, making quite a bit of money, for...
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Join us for this season of Holy Donors as we meet Thomas Howe Scanlan and take a journey through Texas history. Nicknamed Tim and TH, Thomas Scanlan is a little known, albeit quite important, figure in Texas history. In this season, our hosts share stories of Tim Scanlan and discuss how and why they think Tim merits a spot in a podcast about holy donors.

Born in Ireland in 1832, Tim and his family struggled with poverty and reli...
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Join us as we wrap up our Holy Donors’ season on Margaret “Molly” Brown. Thaddeus, Andrew, Matt, and Rhen come together to chat about how little they knew about Margaret Brown prior to this podcast, the lessons (especially lessons about boldness and hope!) they learned from their journey through Margaret’s life, and their favorite podcast recording snacks.

The team also reveals that our next season of Holy Donors will feature a “...
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At the start of this week’s Holy Donors’ episode, we learn that, thankfully, Margaret returns from her overseas adventures to a healthy grandson. Margaret returns to the States after her voyage on the Titanic, and she continues with her life as a socialite and a philanthropist. She runs for public office (and loses!), she takes up acting, and she spends time with her family. Margaret passes away in 1932.

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We ended last week’s Holy Donors’ episode with Margaret’s separation from her husband J.J. In the years following their separation, Margaret continues to fundraise and to travel. In 1912, Margaret is traveling in Europe with her daughter Helen when she receives word that her grandson is sick. Desperate to return home, Margaret purchases the first ticket she can get back to the United States, and unfortunately, first available is...
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April 21, 2022 19 min
We return to our Holy Donors series with Margaret Brown and her husband J.J. at a crossroads. The silver crash has made life in Leadville very tough, but Margaret and J.J. have one amazing opportunity that prevents them from losing everything. J.J. is a smart and innovative miner, and he figures out how to mine previously unreachable gold near Leadville. In doing so, J.J. makes a fortune, and Margaret and family become part of C...
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"Margaret “Molly” Brown: Unsinkable"

This season of Holy Donors features socialite, Titanic survivor, and philanthropist, Margaret “Molly” Brown. Let us be clear from the start, Molly Brown is not so much a nickname as a fictional name, one that worked better in song lyrics in the musical comedy about Margaret Brown’s life. Margaret Brown is the real world subject of this season’s Holy Donors podcast, and we invite you to ...
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