St. Mary’s Parish Receives Large Gift

Storm Lake St. Mary’s Parish announced today that they have received the largest estate gift in many years, thanks to a bequest from longtime parishioners. St. Mary’s received over $533,000 from the Leatrice McKenna estate in late August 2016.  McKenna died in March 2015 while husband Joseph Orton “Ort” McKenna, St. Mary’s High School Class of 1934 died in October 2009. They were well-known in Storm Lake as owners of the downtown Luggage and Gift Shop.
“The parish is extremely grateful to the McKenna’s for their foresight and their generosity to the church,” noted St. Mary’s Pastor Fr. Timothy A. Friedrichsen. “Their example of planning ahead to make a significant gift to their parish to help us continue our mission of sharing the faith long after they are gone is truly inspiring.”
St. Mary’s is the only Catholic church in Storm Lake and is associated with a preK-12 Catholic school. The church is located at 320 Seneca Street.