John E. Johnson is a man of deep faith who has enjoyed teaching and traveling. Using annuity payments from multiple charitable gift annuities, he has funded at least 15 trips to places like Europe, Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
John converted to the Catholic faith at age 21 while in college at Xavier University, a Catholic university located in Cincinnati, Ohio. John spent his working career as a fourth-grade teacher at North Central Area School in Powers/Hermansville in Menominee County. Following retirement, he volunteered at Sandy Knoll Elementary School in Marquette. His teaching career spans 50 years.
John purchased his first charitable gift annuity at age 50 to support the Church and retain lifelong income. He wanted—first and foremost—to help the Church. “Holy Mother Church is the main event in life,” John, a devout Catholic, says. “It’s the way to eternal life!”
Perhaps inspired by the Walt Disney quote, “If you can dream it you can do it,” John found a way to put God first and fund his desire to travel. John holds multiple charitable gift annuities with the Diocese of Marquette, as well as several other Catholic organizations. His charitable gift annuities provide him regular income now, and will support the Church in the future.
Now 90 years old, John remembers a time when his annuity payments helped him to pay bills during a teacher strike when he received no salary.
“There are so many benefits of annuities, like giving a legacy to Holy Mother Church,” he says.
If you want to make a gift to the Diocese of Marquette using charitable gift annuities, please contact Terri Gadzinski at (906) 227-9108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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