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Share in the Care: Retired religious fund collection in parishes Dec. 9-10

Graphic: Retirement Fund for Religious PosterRetirement Fund for Religious
“Share in the Care” of Retired Sisters, Brothers, Priests in Religious Orders
 
Read Bishop Walkowiak's letter to parishioners
(English | Español)
 
The annual appeal for the Retirement Fund for Religious (RFR), which will be taken up Dec. 9-10 this year in most U.S. Catholic parishes including those of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, provides vital support to religious communities in meeting current and future retirement needs.
 
The RFR was launched in in 1988 by the Catholic bishops of the United States to address the significant lack of retirement funding for Catholic sisters, brothers, and priests in religious orders. Coordinated through the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in Washington, D.C., the appeal asks Catholics to “Share in the Care” of more than 34,000 women and men religious past age 70 by giving to those who've given a lifetime.
 
The crisis in retirement funding can be attributed to three primary factors: lack of funds, rising health care costs, and changing demographics. 
  • Many elder religious worked for years for small stipends, leaving a large gap in retirement savings. At the same time, fewer religious are able to serve in compensated ministry.
  • Like many Americans, religious communities face the monumental challenge of funding eldercare.
  • By 2027, retired religious are projected to outnumber wage-earners by more than three to one.
Please prayerfully consider a contribution in support of retired men and women religious who have dedicated their lives not just in Catholic parishes, schools, and hospitals, but also in service to the poor, the lonely, and the oppressed.
 
For additional information or if you have questions, contact the Diocese of Grand Rapids, 616-243-0491.