Society of 1869
On September 26, 1869 four Brothers of the Sacred Heart opened St. Aloysius College in New Orleans in response to an invitation from Archbishop Jean-Marie Odin. The school was located in a brick building in the French Quarter at Chartres and Barracks streets. Through the untiring efforts of Brother Stanislaus Keating, first director of the school, it grew from a student body of 66 its first year. By the second year, a fifth Brother joined the staff which worked with the 120 boys, most of them sons of poor immigrants.
From this humble beginning in 1869, grew Brother Martin High School with an enrollment of over 1200 and over 14,000 alumni worldwide.
Membership in the Society of 1869 is offered to all those who share this commitment, who endorse Brother Martin High School’s mission, and who, like those Brothers in 1869 and those who followed, affirm that commitment by means of a planned gift.
To become eligible for Society membership, an individual simply informs the school in writing that Brother Martin
High School has been included in his or her estate plans. The school also requires documentation of the planned gift, for example, a copy of the pertinent provisions of the individual’s will or trust, a copy of the life insurance policy which names the school as a beneficiary, or a letter from the individual’s attorney stating that he or she has, indeed, included Brother Martin High School in his or her estate plans. Upon receipt of such documentation, participants are enrolled in the Society of 1869.
Benefits of Society Membership
- Satisfaction in knowing that your planned gift will benefit many generations of Brother Martin students
- Special invitation to Society events
- The Crimson & Gold Newsletter and Century II
- A special gift symbolizing your support of Brother Martin through your estate gift
Listed in this brochure are some planned giving opportunities and an example how each one works. If you should have any questions or would like to inform the school of a planned gift and become a member of the Society, please contact Tommy Mitchell ’79, Development Director, in the Alumni & Development Office at 504-284-6700.
Planned Giving Opportunities
The first step when considering a gift to The St. Aloysius Century Foundation to benefit Brother Martin High School
is to look at the many options that are available. Each gift is important to the future of Brother Martin High School and each will be deeply appreciated.
Society of 1869 Brochure