by Sister Mary Kabat
(December 2015) -- The national collection for retired religious will be held in most U.S. Catholic parishes the weekend of Dec. 12-13. The Retirement Fund for Religious is the annual appeal coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office in Washington, DC. The office was established in 1986 and is sponsored by the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Its work is to coordinate the appeal, distribute funds collected to help religious institutes meet current and future retirement needs and facilitate comprehensive retirement planning by offering assessment tools, educational programming, services, and resource materials to help religious institutes evaluate and prepare for long-term needs.
You know that elderly sisters, brothers, and religious order priests dedicated their lives to service and prayer. Many worked for years for small stipends. As a result, their religious communities now lack adequate retirement savings. The Retirement Fund for Religious provides support for thousands of retired religious. In 2014 there were 66,211 religious order sisters, brothers and priests in the United States. Over 48,000 belonged to religious institutes that received financial assistance or support and services made possible by the Retirement Fund for Religious appeal.
You can make a difference in the daily life of an elderly religious. Please give generously through your parish or the national website, www.retiredreligious.org/you/donate.html
Our Community qualifies to receive assistance from this appeal. From all of us, we thank you for your contribution.
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