Collection For Retired Religious In U.S.
COLLECTION FOR RETIRED RELIGIOUS IN U.S.
Next weekend, December 9 & 10, the annual collection to benefit Retired Religious in the U.S. will be taken up in all parishes.
Why do Catholic sisters, brothers, and order priests need your help? Doesn’t the church pay their health care costs? No. In the U.S., religious institutes are independent, autonomous organizations whose income, earnings, and expenses are separate from diocesan structures.
How were costs of care met before there was a Retirement Fund for Religious? Decades ago, young, wage-earning members were able to meet the needs of their elder religious counterparts. Then, too, Catholic physicians and hospitals were able to donate much more care than they can in today’s economic and healthcare environment.
Hasn’t the number of Catholic religious declined? The number in need of care has actually increased because the majority of religious are now well past age 65! Today, more than 12,000 Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests need skilled care or help with tasks of daily living.
What if there aren’t any religious motherhouses in my diocese? Who benefits? Many dioceses were and are still served by religious whose institutes are based elsewhere. Retirement Fund grants are awarded to more than 500 religious institutes in 47 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico.
Please, “share in the care,” and be as generous as you can be.