Why Give

All gifts to St. Mary's Sewanee support the mission of the institution:

St. Mary’s Sewanee: The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development is dedicated to providing spiritual hospitality to persons of diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds, in a place of natural beauty, simplicity, silence, tranquility and warm spiritual rest through retreats, renewal and learning.

Capital Campaign

Thanks to strong growth in group reservations and program attendance, St. Mary’s Sewanee: The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development has realized a need to expand our physical buildings and spiritual offerings. That’s why, in 2010, the board of trustees launched a multiyear capital campaign to secure funds to build facilities that will improve the guest experience and allow St. Mary’s Sewanee to further its mission.

Since completion in April 2013, our new residential facility provides comfortable, attractive meeting and lodging spaces and remarkable views of the Hawkins Cove below. The layout of rooms and meeting spaces allows the Center to host several groups at the same time, with quiet areas for contemplative practice and gathering places for those engaged in more interactive programs.

The board of trustees has created several phases for the campaign and the subsequent campus development. 

Phase Two ($3.4 million): A dining and meeting building with kitchen, large and small dining rooms, meeting rooms, offices and wrap-around porch. Fundraising is under way with a target groundbreaking in 2016.

Future Phases might include a second residential building with 16 guest rooms, additional meeting space, reception foyer, four hermitage houses, welcome center, chapel, library and a third residential building with 14 guest rooms.

The board of trustees recognizes the challenge of a campaign of this size. It also appreciates the opportunity for expanded and enhanced ministry that the new space will bring. Members of the board invite you to join them and the more than 160 others who share the vision for St. Mary’s Sewanee in transforming that vision into reality.

To receive more information about the new Ayres Center campus or discuss ways you can contribute to the campaign, please contact John Runkle at john.runkle@stmaryssewanee.org or (800) 728-1659.

Annual Fund

Thank you for considering a gift to St. Mary’s Sewanee. As an independent, nonprofit, spiritual development center, we count on our donors and advocates to support our mission. St. Mary’s Sewanee is not an endowed organization. Our revenues include the fees charged for use and programming, donations from guests and friends, and grants from churches, foundations and corporations. You can play a part in moving this vision forward with your financial support.

St. Mary’s Sewanee has several convenient ways for you to make a donation to our annual fund:

Give Online
St. Mary’s Sewanee now offers a secure platform to make credit card donations on our website. Visit our Give Now tab, where you can make individual or recurring donations to the annual fund and/or the capital campaign.

To make a credit card gift over the telephone, call St. Mary’s Sewanee at (800) 728-1659.

If you prefer to donate by mail, you may send a gift to:
St. Mary’s Sewanee, P.O. Box 188, Sewanee, TN 37375

Give a Tribute Gift
You may make a gift in honor or memory of a friend or family member to St. Mary’s Sewanee. We will then send the friend or family a card acknowledging your gift.

Gift of Stock
For more information about a gift of stocks, bonds or mutual funds, please call Vanessa Nabors at (800) 728-1659.

Thank you for supporting St. Mary’s Sewanee.