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Giving Week 2021

Dear Friends of the St. Jerome Institute, 

As the great Italian friar and mystic, St. Francis of Assisi, once said, “For it is in giving that we receive.” I’m sure you can relate to that sentiment, after joyfully watching with pride as our school has flourished over the past year. Thanks to your generous support we have achieved so many incredible things: we increased enrollment from fifteen students in 2019 to forty-one students this year and we are optimistic for next year as prospective students flood our campus for visits this fall. We are also blessed to be housed in a beautiful campus which has undergone a number of renovations and the addition of a new classroom. We welcomed new members to our faculty who all have a great capacity for wonder, deep humility, great courage, and are excellent role models to the young men and women in their care. The blessings we have received are endless and our ability to give back only grows!

Today we are asking you to participate in our annual Giving Week and continue to support our thriving school. Dr. Maria Marta Ferreyra and her husband, Mr. Jeffrey Reminga, offered a $5,000 matching gift and our community met this challenge. An anonymous donor proposed to increase the challenge on Our Lady of the Rosary Feast day with another matching gift of $5,000, increasing the total matching funds to $10,000! All gifts will be doubled for a total of $20,000 which helps us arrive at our overall goal of $50,000! Clearly, Our Lady is busy interceding for us. We also invite you to enroll in the Society for the Renewal of the the Catholic Mind, an exciting new forum that brings our mission to transform Catholic education to a broader audience. We are excited to offer membership to anyone who donates a fully tax deductible gift of $150 or more. 

The society recently held a lecture featuring Dean Thomas Smith and Dr. Anna Moreland, who gave a wonderful presentation to over one hundred guests on adulting and their soon to be released book, The College Guide to Adulting: How to Major in Life. You can listen to the lecture by clicking below. Please join us for more exciting events planned for 2021-2022 and support our school, which is recognized as a beacon for the renewal of Catholic education!

On behalf of the SJI faculty and students, I wish you a blessed feast of St. Francis of Assisi and ask for your continued prayers and support especially during Giving Week!

In Domino,

Peter Crawford


Join the Society for the Renewal of the Catholic Mind

The society offers a forum to advance your own education by considering the fundamental questions that have animated history. It serves as a bridge between our school and the broader community of individuals and families we wish to serve. 

Each new member who enrolls during Giving Week receives a copy of Stratford Caldecotts’s Beauty for Truth’s Sake.

Members (new and those who renew their membership) receive unlimited access to the following resources and events:  

  • Invitations to exclusive lectures by the founders of SJI and other prominent guests.


  • Early registration for Great Books seminars and other SJI events.


  • Inclusion in SJI round table discussions with SJI teachers exploring questions of culture, education, and parenting.

We are pleased to offer two levels of elevated memberships:

-Friends who make a $1,000 gift are enrolled as Premium Members and receive two tickets to the SJI Gala. 

-Friends who make a $5,000 gift are enrolled as Honored Members. Giving you the unique opportunity to build an SJI-inspired library at home. Two times a year you will receive a work of literature or philosophy, accompanied by a personalized letter from the SJI team discussing the meaning and significance of the work. You will also receive four tickets to the SJI Gala.

| Reading Together |

Upcoming events sponsored by CUA’s English Department
  • November 8th, 8-9:30pm: East Coker

With Dr. Kevin Rulo and Dr. Christopher Petter (Ph.D. alumnus, 2021). Location: Aquinas 102.

In person at Catholic University of America 

  • February 7th, 8-9:30pm: “The Dry Salvages”

With Dr. Gregory Baker, Dr. Michael Mack, and Dr. Taryn Okuma. Location: TBA.

  • March 14th, 8-9:30pm: “Little Gidding”

With Dr. Daniel Gibbons, Dr. Tobias Gregory, and Mr. Ryan Wilson. Location: TBA.

Important Information About Your Donation

Our 501(c)(3) Status

The Saint Jerome Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization as of June 14, 2018. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

2021 CARES Act

Take Advantage of the 2021 CARES Act tax deduction to Support SJI! Previously, taxpayers could itemize deductions or take the standard deduction, but could not do both. Now, the CARES Act allows the approximately 86% of taxpayers who choose to take the standard deduction, to also take an above-the-line deduction for charitable gifts can claim a deduction of up to $300 for cash contributions made to qualifying charities during 2021. The maximum deduction is increased to $600 for married individuals filing joint returns.

Deduct 100% of your AGI

Previously, taxpayers who itemize deductions could only deduct 60% of their AGI. Now, the CARES Act allows taxpayers to deduct 100% of their AGI, and to carry over excess contributions for up to 5 additional years (subject to the usual 60% limitation).

Gift Planning

For more information or for gift planning, please contact


St. Jerome Institute
1800 Perry St NE
Washington, DC 20018

info@stjeromeinstitute.org or reach out to Monica Guza, Development Director mguza@stjeromeinstitute.org

Contribute to SJI’s Giving Week!