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Appeal for retired religious scheduled for Nov. 9-10

The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection, coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office, will be held in the diocese Nov. 9-10. The parish-based appeal benefits some 30,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests.

Last year, the diocese donated $464,322.20 to the collection and the appeal raised $27.7 million nationally, funding 360 religious congregations across the nation. 

“We are humbled and profoundly grateful for the countless Catholics who honor the service and witness of senior religious through their prayers and generosity,” said Presentation Sister Stephanie Still, NRRO executive director.

The appeal began in 1988 to help address the lack of retirement savings among U.S. religious communities and has since raised $872 million. Proceeds from the annual collection allow the NRRO to offer assessment tools, educational programming, services and resources that enable communities to evaluate and prepare for long-term retirement needs. The NRRO also coordinates an extensive network of volunteer consultants, including experts in eldercare and financial planning, to help congregations lower costs while enhancing care.

“Donations to the Retirement Fund for Religious enable our office to provide financial assistance for an array of direct needs,” said Sister Still. “They also underwrite education and resources that help religious communities stretch retirement dollars and plan for the future.” 

Find out more

Go to retiredreligious.org.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019