Parishes will hold the annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection on December 11 and 12.
Donations to the collection are distributed to religious communities, both those in the Diocese and those nationwide, to help with the retirement needs of retired Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests.
Last year, parishioners in the Diocese donated $21,445 to the collection.
“I am continually heartened by the generosity of U.S. Catholics.” said Sister Stephanie Still, executive director of the National Religious Retirement Office, which coordinates the collection. “Even in difficult times, they find a way to give back to those who have tirelessly served our Church and our world.”
Historically, men and women religious served for little to no pay. Today, many religious communities lack sufficient retirement savings. Rising health-care costs compound the challenge to meet retirement expenses.
Visit www.retiredreligious.org to learn more.