Campaign Prayer

Heavenly Father,
    Through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, patroness of our school, we pray for the successful mission of Bishop McDevitt High School.  We beseech you to fulfill all her temporal needs so that she may continue to form young men and women in virtue and responsible citizenship and so lead your children on to heaven.  We entrust these concerns to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Mother.  Amen.

 

Campaign Priorities

 

Campaign Leaders

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Campaign Chair Brenda Szeles Bratina '77

Honorary Co-Chairs

Rocco Ortenzio ‘50
Robert Luddy ‘63
Delorose Szeles ‘60

Emeritus Chairs

Maria DiSanto ‘77

Carmen Finestra ‘65

Angela Ortenzio ‘78

Robert Pugliese ‘65

Campaign Ambassadors

Rev. John A. Acri '52
Nickolaus Cargas
Andrea Dietz, ‘81
Darren Dinello, Esq., ‘87
John Duggan, ‘81
Paul Fisher
Darleen Fritz, ‘62
Joseph Guerrisi, ‘87
Michael Modica, ‘70
Richard and Susan Mula
Michael Musser, II, ‘87
Frank Nemshick, III, ‘88
Tim Noll, ‘60
Mike and Denise Perloski, ‘86
Mike Pipa, Esq.
Hilary Smith, ‘95
Joseph Trojak, ‘80
Jay Wrabel, ‘86

Campaign Ambassadors

Rev. John A. Acri '52
Nickolaus Cargas
Andrea Dietz, ‘81
Darren Dinello, Esq., ‘87
John Duggan, ‘81
Paul Fisher
Darleen Fritz, ‘62
Joseph Guerrisi, ‘87
Michael Modica, ‘70
Richard and Susan Mula
Michael Musser, II, ‘87
Frank Nemshick, III, ‘88
Tim Noll, ‘60
Mike and Denise Perloski, ‘86
Mike Pipa, Esq.
Hilary Smith, ‘95
Joseph Trojak, ‘80
Jay Wrabel, ‘86

Experience & Impact
 
TBD
Access & Opportunity
 
TBD
Building An Environment of Excellence
 
TBD

Our Need

What was once a dream has become a reality.  With a “state-of-the-art” school and “world-class” facilities, there is no limit to what our students can achieve. With this dream, however, has come a significant debt of approximately $30.8 Million, reduced from an original cost of $42 Million and additional interest expense.  It is our hope that even with such a significant debt it will not be a burden, in the form of unreasonably high tuition, to future generations of McDevitt students and their families. The sources of revenue to pay this debt will come from operating surpluses, previous campaign commitments and new campaign commitments.  Although a daunting task, we believe it is possible to manage the debt and position the school where it can manage any remaining debt mostly from operational surpluses.  

 

In addition to this building debt, we have a debt of gratitude to repay.  Many realize that the much reduced tuition costs of an earlier time was made possible by the dedication of priests and religious, from parishes and the diocese, by the sacrifice of so many throughout the Diocese of Harrisburg and that now is our time to be a blessing to others who will follow us at Bishop McDevitt High School. 

Our Request

Bishop McDevitt High School is looking to exceed the overall campaign goal of $5 million. Every member of our school community; alumni, parents and grandparents of alumni, faculty & staff, current parents and friends of Catholic education are integral to our success in reaching this goal, and therefore, each member of the McDevitt family is asked to consider making a pledge to the campaign to the best of their ability. Everyone is asked to prayerfully consider how their generosity can reflect both their gratitude and their belief in the future of Bishop McDevitt.  Let us be ever grateful for the gift of faith we have received and do all we can to pass it on to the next generation. In this secular age, we need Catholic schools as much, if not more than ever. We are blessed to have a vibrant & financially sound Catholic educational system. Our task is to strengthen & build on what so many others before us have handed on to us and pass on this gift to future generations.

 

Memorial Naming Opportunities

 
(in honor or in memory of)

Memorials are special ways of honoring the people we love, whether they are living or deceased. Our new school serves as a lasting tribute to honor the sacrifices made by the Diocese of Harrisburg, Partner Parishes, parents, alums and friends of Bishop McDevitt.  Bishop McDevitt High School is a living memorial to the people who have served and sacrificed in support of Harrisburg Catholic/Bishop McDevitt High School since its founding over 100 years ago. Those who help to secure its future in this campaign will provide a legacy for future generations of students and their families. The legacy of these donors will remain as a visible sign of God’s activity among us. 

 

Due to a limited number of these special opportunities memorials are reserved on a first come, first served basis.  Please contact the campaign office at 717-236-7973 to determine the availability of each memorial opportunity or to reserve a memorial/naming opportunity, Please return your completed commitment form promptly.

 

Our Story Is A Bold One

Ways to Give

As you consider your pledge...

  • Payments may be made over a period of three (3) years. A longer period can be arranged if necessary. 

  • Payment reminders will be mailed to you in accordance with the payment plan you choose. 

  • Pledge payments are fully deductible for tax purposes. 

  • Please make checks payable to: Bishop McDevitt High School

Pledges via cash or check 

Simply complete your pledge card by selecting the amount of your pledge and down payment (optional, but encouraged). Make sure to select your method of payment, i.e., monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual payments. Please make checks payable to Bishop McDevitt High School Legacy Campaign. You will be mailed payment reminders and a special payment envelope in accordance with the payment plan you choose. Once completed, please return your pledge card in the weekly collection, bring it by the School office or return it in the mail. 

 

Online giving 

To make your gift online please visit https://secure.qgiv.com/for/stthe In addition, please return this pledge card to the campaign office so we may secure your gift. 

 

Gifts of stock 

Donors can use their own broker/agent or the School agent to transfer stock. If the stock has been held long-term (over one year), the donor does not have to pay capital gains tax on the stock, and is allowed a tax deduction for the full value of the stock. Donors may also choose to sell stock in order to claim a loss, which may be beneficial for tax circumstances. In either case, the stock must first be transferred to the School before being liquidated. Please contact the campaign office for more information.

 

Gifts from retirement accounts 

An IRA owner, age 70 1⁄2 or over, can directly transfer tax-free up to $100,000 per year to an eligible charity. This option can be used for distribution from IRAs, regardless of whether the IRA owners itemize their deductions. Distributions from an employee sponsored retirement plan, including SIMPLE IRAs and simplified employee pension (SEP) plans are not eligible. To qualify, the funds must be transferred directly by the IRA trustee to the eligible charity. Distributed amounts may be excluded from the IRA owner’s income resulting in lower taxable income for the IRA owner. 

 

Gifts of property, life insurance, annuities, wills or bequests 

There are different ways to support Bishop McDevitt High School both today and in the years to come via planned giving. Families or individuals can make gifts of real estate, personal property, automobiles, life insurance, estate bequests, annuities or charitable remainder trusts. For substantial gifts of property other than marketable securities, the IRS requires an appraisal. Please contact the Advancement office for more information at 717-263-7973 x2133

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

How many Students attend Bishop McDevitt?

The enrollment for the 2018-19 school year was 670. We anticipate that the enrollment for the 2019-20 school year will grow beyond 700 students.

 

What is the Student-Faculty ratio?

The student to faculty ratio is 13:1.

What is your graduation rate?

96% of graduates go on to attend college. The remaining students go on to the armed forces, technical training or the workforce.

 

What is the tuition to attend Bishop McDevitt High School?

The tuition for baptised Catholic students is $7,100 and the non-Catholic tuition is $8,740.

 

Is this tuition competitive with other Catholic/Christian High Schools in the Harrisburg area?

Bishop McDevitt prides itself in offering the highest quality Christian education at the lowest possible price.  With a tuition rate of $7,100 McDevitt is the lowest cost private high school in the Harrisburg area with Lancaster Catholic High School at $8,500, Trinity High School at $8,900, Covenant Christian Academy at $9,280 and Harrisburg Christian School at $9,700

 

Is there financial aid available for those who cannot afford the full tuition?

Each year Bishop McDevitt awards and distributes over $1 Million in financial aid to qualifying students. Each student requesting financial aid is required to submit family financial information, which is then analyzed by an outside third party, FACTS, who then recommends the levels of financial assistance that is needed.  

 

What is the operating budget of the school and does the school operate with a balanced budget?

The operating budget for this past school year was $7.2 Million. This included $1.1 Million in mortgage interest payment.  The school ended the year with a balanced budget.

 

When was the new campus built on 1 Crusader Way, how much did it cost to build the school and what is the current debt on the school?

The new campus officially opened its doors in January of 2013.  The land acquisition and construction costs of the school totaled $42 Million.  At this time the school has a loan balance of approximately $35 Million.

 

What is the plan to pay the debt on the school?

Debt repayment will require a multi-faceted approach that will include increased enrollment, financial aid for those unable to pay a fair and reasonable tuition and the generosity of all who hold Bishop McDevitt so dear.

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