Cath Founcation logo_Color_Vertical (2)Bishop Joseph Brunini and 23 visionary Catholic leaders from throughout the Diocese of Jackson established the Catholic Foundation in 1973. Their enthusiasm was focused on creating a way to encourage and assist the people of the diocese to provide for the future financial security of their parishes, schools, and other organizations under the auspices of the diocese.

Since then, the Foundation has grown both monetarily and in the number of endowments under its management. In 1973, the managed assets were $173,691 with four endowments, and by 1992 assets were $2,463,356 with 115 endowments. Today, the Catholic Foundation manages 396 trust funds and insurance policies with more than $20 million in assets.

Most parishes and schools in the Diocese now have at least one trust to provide for future financial stability. The Foundation office is funded by memberships and endowments.

The Bishop and the Board of Directors preside over the Foundation. The Investment Committee, made up of experienced and knowledgeable business community leaders, manages the funds entrusted to it using strict investment policies.

We believe our vision and mission is to create ways for our parishioners and friends to leave legacies that will perpetuate a strong sense of Catholic values that will influence lives for generations to come.

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Foundation Officers

  • Bishop Joseph Kopacz – Director
  • Joe  Rice, Jr – President
  • Charles Adams – Vice President
  • Michael  Dowell – Vice President

  • A.J. “Sonny” Stone, Jr. – Vice President
  • Charles  Campbell,III – Treasurer
  • Diane Pumphrey – Secretary

Foundation Board of Directors


Most Reverend Joseph Kopacz, Jackson

Charles P. Adams, Jr., New Orleans

John Bellan, Jr., Jackson

Marc Biggers, Greenwood

Patrick Biglane, Natchez

William Brown, Madison

Sara  Burrow, Madison

Charles Campbell, Flora

Paul Cassisa, Oxford

Joan  Cleary, Oxford

Chris Correro, Madison

Rev. Francis  Cosgrove, Madison

Rev. Thomas Delaney, Crystal Springs

Michael  Dowell, Ridgeland

George Evans, Madison


D. Keith Fulcher, Cleveland

Bob Gaston, Madison

John Geary, Jackson

Armand Guizerix, III, Vicksburg

Julie Harkins, Flora

Barbara Harkins-Jones, Jackson

Michele Harris, Brandon

Harrison  Hart, Madison

Ewin Henson, III, Greenwood

Dr. Karen Hulett, Madison

Rev. Thomas Lalor, Vicksburg

Bishop Joseph Latino, Jackson

Michael Kimbrell, Brandon

Lewis  Mallory, Jr., Starkville

Jim McCraw, Jackson

S. Griffin Norquist, Jr., Yazoo City


Emil Pawlik, Jackson

Diane Pumphrey, Madison

Joe  Rice, Jr., Ridgeland

George Sherman, Starkville

Rev. Kevin Slattery, Gluckstadt

Dr. Clinton Smith, Jackson

Michael Smith, Brookhaven

A.J. Stone, Jr., Jackson

Katie  Walley, Brandon

Christopher Walters, Brandon

Dr. David  Wender, Jackson

Lee White, II, Natchez

Mary Grace Yarbrough, Jackson