A Legacy gift to St. Mary’s lasts a lifetime

Bunz Family Legacy Donation

Bishop William T. McGrattan, Mike Bunz and Carrie Styranka at the Sacristy Dedication on October 31, 2020

“My dad was passionate about education and Catholicism. In today’s ever-increasing secular society, he understood the importance of expanding faith-based education opportunities, and wanted to give those opportunities to as many people as possible. St. Mary’s University was a perfect marriage of both. He would be very impressed and proud to see the campus thriving as it is today.”

As a founding member of St. Mary’s University and one of the institution’s biggest champions, Leo Bunz was passionate about uplifting the value of a higher Catholic education. He was a man who stood out for his hard work, passion, and commitment and was a man volunteered his time and efforts to support faith-based educational opportunities and St. Mary’s University initiatives.

St. Mary’s University has benefited from visionary donors like Leo, whose planned gifts have helped shape the university and its people. A generous gift from the Estate of Leo Bunz has brought a lasting transformation to the landscape of our university. Through his gift, we were able to renovate space to create a much-needed Sacristy used by the Bishop to support our Campus Ministry program and our Wednesday Mass that serves our student population and community. The gift from the Leo Bunz family has enabled our University to address space challenges that meet our Campus ministry programming needs while advancing Catholic education and supporting our growing population of students.

Leo’s family, including his son Mike and daughter Carrie, now honour their father’s legacy by supporting the mission of a University that was at the heart of Leo’s philanthropic passions. Leo’s legacy and the impact of his generosity has been transformational on this campus and it will continue to support generations of students far beyond his lifetime.

Your planned gift will create a legacy of support for generations of students to come, while at the same time provide positive tax benefits. Contact us at advancement@stmu.ca to learn more about our planned giving program.