San Jose Clinic names new level of giving for Archbishop Emeritus Fiorenza

July 19, 2011


San Jose Clinic is the Archdiocese’s clinic serving low-income and uninsured individuals. 
For more information on the clinic’s new Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Cornerstone level of giving or the Monsignor Walsh Legacy Circle, call 713-490-2607.

HOUSTON — San José Clinic, one of the oldest charity-care clinics in the United States serving low-income and uninsured individuals who would otherwise go without health care, recently established a new level of charitable giving in honor of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza through its Monsignor Walsh Legacy Circle annual giving campaign.

The Legacy Circle was created in 2005 to honor the late Monsignor George T. Walsh, the pastor of Annunciation Catholic Church who founded San José Clinic in 1922. In May 2011, the Archbishop Fiorenza Legacy Cornerstone level of giving was established to encourage people to share in the tradition of the Charity Guild of Catholic Women, the original members of the Legacy Circle. 

The new Legacy Cornerstone is comprised of a $25,000 pledge, with $5,000 given each year for five years. It is currently the highest level of giving in the Legacy Circle, which also includes: Legacy Partner - $5,000; Legacy Donor - $1,500; Legacy Circle Member - $1,000; Jr. Legacy Member - $500; and Legacy Contributor - $250. 

Paule Anne Lewis, Executive Director of San José Clinic, said the name of the new level of giving was chosen to honor Archbishop Fiorenza for lending his voice to champion the care for the underserved in the Houston area. 

“Archbishop Fiorenza is dedicated to the mission of San José Clinic and is known for his compassion [for] the plight of the poor … in the Greater Houston area and across Texas,” Lewis said. “We believe that the Archbishop’s acts of charity and service honor the memory of Monsignor Walsh and the vision he had for San José Clinic in 1922.”

Since 2005, the Legacy Circle had included donors who gave $1,000 or more during the annual campaign year. In May 2011, San José Clinic expanded the Circle to include various levels of giving and expand the number of people eager to continue Monsignor Walsh’s legacy.

Continuing the legacy

“Contributions to the Legacy Circle are a necessity in order to achieve continuity of care for the patients at San José Clinic,” Lewis said. “Contributions made at the Archbishop Fiorenza Legacy Cornerstone level symbolically demonstrate the need for continued giving to the clinic, while at the same time, call attention to the message of the Archbishop and the plight of the underserved.” 

Donor support received from individuals, organizations and private foundations help supplement the costs of daily operations and allow San José Clinic to meet its mission of providing health care and education to those with limited access to such services, in an environment which respects the dignity of each person.

Lewis said the clinic has impacted the lives of countless patients. One such patient, J.F. Lopez – now a dedicated volunteer dentist in San Jose’s dental clinic – recollected his memories of the clinic in an article for the Greater Houston Dental Society Journal, writing about the impact San José Clinic made on him and his family when he was a child.

“San José Clinic was a saving grace,” Lopez said. “It provided my family with the routine health care services that would otherwise have been inaccessible. I still remember the old building on Franklin Street.”

“Today, I am glad to be in a position in which I am able to give back to an institution that at one time gave so much to me,” Lopez said. †