Looking Back. Moving Forward.
An Invitation to Support St. Michael Indian School
Through the generosity of our community and supporters like you, we continue St. Katharine’s vision and continue the growth of our school for the benefit of providing our students with an education that prepares them for successful futures.
We rely on the generosity of donors to fund our campus programs and scholarship opportunities for our students for short and long term needs. Help ignite what’s possible!
Each year, we welcome volunteers from across the United States to our campus. We welcome gifts of time in support of our mission. *Contact us for specific changes to volunteering in COVID guidlines.
Choose from items the school could utilize to better our mission and improve the educational experience for our students.
Help Ignite What's Possible
Large or small, your gift makes our mission–started by Saint Katherine Drexel and continued today–possible at St. Michael Indian School.
THE BENEFITS OF SUPPORTING SMIS
We educate over 338 students from pre-k to 12th grade, and 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid. While we are financially healthy, your continued support provides our students with a Catholic education, upgrades facilities and technology, and provides our faculty and staff with needed housing and competitive benefits.
donor advised fund
Joseph and Regina Madden Fund
The Joseph and Regina Madden Fund is a donor-advised fund to benefit student fees or where needed most projects for teachers and students set up by the Madden family in 2020.
Mrs. Regina Gindhart Madden had two aunts that were Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. Aunt Alma Gindhart was Sr. Dominic, and Aunt Kitty (Katherine) Gindhart was Sr. Salvator.
The Joseph and Regina Madden Fund is managed by daughters, MJ Moran and Barbara Smith.
donor advised fund
The Sullivan Sisters Fund
The Sullivan Sisters Fund is a donor-advised fund to benefit campus technology projects for teachers and students set up by the Sullivan family in 2021.
Margaret, Marie, and Catherine Sullivan were born in Pittsburgh, PA, to Irish immigrants Daniel Joseph Sullivan and Bridget Connolly Sullivan. The twins Margaret and Marie were born on June 22, 1927, and Catherine was born on January 16, 1930. The sisters were raised in a loving and devout family with two brothers, Jeremiah B. Sullivan and Fr. Daniel Sullivan, CP. From an early age, the sisters developed a devotion to God and a commitment to serving God’s children.
Margaret and Marie attended St. Canice parochial school in the Knoxville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. They graduated from St. George High School in 1945. The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament mission appealed to Margaret and Marie, but they always maintained that they independently reached their own decision to enter the convent. On September 8, 1946, Margaret and Marie entered the novitiate of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in Cornwells Heights (now Bensalem), Pennsylvania. The following summer, they received the religious habit and their names in religion. Marie would be Sr. Maria Gratia, and Margaret would be Sr. Daniel Joseph. On July 16, 1949, they professed their First Vows as Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. The Sullivan Sisters took their Final Vows together on July 16, 1954, and began their mission assignments.
Sisters Margaret and Mary (Marie) served numerous mission assignments across the United States for over fifty years. Sr. Margaret had teaching assignments in New Orleans, Louisiana; Harlem in New York City; Gary, Indiana; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Chicago, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri. She also served as the Principal of Holy Providence School on the Motherhouse grounds. Sr. Mary (Marie) Sullivan had mission assignments in Louisiana, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Missouri. She served as the Superior at the St. Ann Convent in Cincinnati, OH, and Holy Redeemer in Washington, DC. She also served as the Principal at St. Peter Claver in Macon, GA, and St. Charles in New York City.
Sister Margaret Sullivan earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Villanova University in 1957 and a Master of Arts in Education from Villanova in 1972. Sister Mary Sullivan earned a Bachelor of Science in Education at Villanova University in 1957 and a Master of Science in Education at St. John College of Cleveland in 1969.
Towards the later years of service, Sisters Margaret and Mary were assigned to missions in the southwestern United States. In 1990, they were assigned to the same mission for the first time, teaching religious education at the Pueblo of Laguna in Old Laguna, New Mexico. In 1995 the Sisters were sent to the St. Catherine Indian School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. However, in 1996, Sister Mary was assigned to perform parish ministry at St. Mary of the Rosary in Pinon, AZ. Then, in 1998, she served at St. Michael Indian School in St. Michaels, AZ. The sisters worked together again at the Navajo parish of Christ the King in Shiprock, NM, from 1999-2005.
Sisters Margaret and Mary returned to the Motherhouse in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, in 2006 and remained there until their deaths: Marie on August 17, 2013, and Margaret on February 10, 2021.
Catherine Sullivan chose the nursing profession and became a licensed practical nurse. She attended nursing school at Roselia Foundling Home in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, an institution founded by the Sisters of Charity. She graduated in 1951 and moved to Cleveland, Ohio, after working at Pittsburgh Hospital and St. Jude Hospital in Montgomery, Alabama. Catherine practiced nursing there for forty years, starting at St. Ann’s Hospital, then Mary Mount Hospital, and finally Grace Hospital. There she worked until retirement in 1992. Catherine loved traveling in the Southwest and cherished her visit with her sisters, Margaret and Marie, in New Mexico and Arizona. Catherine passed away in Pittsburgh, PA, on May 7, 2020, at 90, with her sister, Margaret, by her side.
Margaret, Marie, and Catherine were loved and admired by their five nieces and nephews and twenty-three great-nieces and great-nephews. The Sullivan Sisters Fund is managed by the family of the sisters’ brother, Jeremiah B. Sullivan.
The Sister Loyola Edelen Fund
The Sister Loyola Edelen Fund is a scholarship fund used to provide financial support to families in emergency situations for tuition assistance.
Estate Planning & Qualified Charitable Distribution
Each year, many of our benefactors leave a lasting impact to our school through estate planning and Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD).
These gifts help us to dream big and achieve bold goals–from repairing some of our 100-year-old buildings to bringing high technology programs to our campus and students.
ST. MICHAEL INDIAN SCHOOL PLANNED GIVING
Just in the past year, we’ve achieved extraordinary progress through the financial support, prayers, and work of hundreds of volunteers and donors. Here’s just a small sample of what we’ve accomplished together:
- Safe and Healthy School Environment (updated health stations, sanitizing, and disenfecting equipment)
- New physical education equipment and curriculum for PE and Health Ed
- Elementary Reading Labs with Reading Nook
- Campus-wide security systems expansion
- New 24 passenger school bus
- Chapel renovation
We are committed to putting every contribution to good use. With your help, we will continue to fulfill Saint Katharine Drexel’s vision for building a school for the advancement of our Native American communities, their families, and our children.
3D ANATOMY TABLE
3D ANATOMY VISUALIZATION AND VIRTUAL DISSECTION TOOL FOR ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY EDUCATION
INCLUDES TABLE. $123,000 WITH CURRICULUM
PORTABLE LIGHT STANDS
FOR GROUNDS AND EVENT USAGE FOR OUTDOOR AND ATHLETICS
2 SOLAR POWERED TOWABLE LIGHT TOWERS
WE'RE A COMMUNITY INVESTED IN OUR STUDENTS
“SMIS instills values in our children that are important to our family including determination, honesty, and love for others. The school also fosters our children to grow into contributing members of the community. The faculty and staff truly expect excellence, and SMIS provides a secure environment that allows students to develop to their fullest potential. We’re very glad our kids are at SMIS”
– Derrick & Reynalda Terry (SMIS Class of ’93)
(505) 979-5595 EXT. 3036 RENEE.TSINNIE@SMISCHOOLS.ORG
(505)979-5590 EXT. 3052 KIMBERLY.BILLIMAN@SMISCHOOLS.ORG
DEE WEBER ('09)
(505) 979-5590 EXT. 3035 DEE.WEBER@SMISCHOOLS.ORG
(505)979-5590 EXT. 2006 COURAGE.TODACHINE@SMISCHOOLS.ORG