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Collection for retired religious is Nov. 10-11

The 31st annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held Nov. 10-11 in the Diocese of Arlington. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in Washington, the appeal benefits 31,000 elderly Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests.


The diocese donated $466,243.32 to the last collection. In 2018, the following religious congregations with central houses located in the diocese received financial support made possible by the Retirement Fund for Religious: Dominican sisters, Holy Cross Abbey and Missionhurst CICM. Almost 94 percent of donations aid senior religious and their communities, with the remaining funds used for administration and promotion of the national appeal.


The 2017 collection raised more than $28 million and the NRRO disbursed $25 million to 360 religious communities for the direct care of elderly members. Communities combine these funds with their own income and savings to help furnish necessities such as medications and nursing care. Throughout the year, additional funding is allocated for congregations with critical needs and for retirement planning and educational resources.


Religious communities apply annually for financial support from the national collection and distributions are sent to each eligible community’s central house. Although women and men religious often minister outside their home dioceses, they may benefit from the allocations disbursed to their individual orders.


“Donations to the Retirement Fund for Religious have a far-reaching impact,” said Presentation Sister Stephanie Still, NRRO executive director. “Most importantly, they help communities care for aging members, but they also underwrite initiatives aimed at addressing the underlying causes of the funding shortages.”


Catholic bishops of the United States initiated the national collection in 1988 to help address the deficit in retirement funding among religious communities. Since the collection was launched, U.S. Catholics have donated $844 million to the appeal, helping many communities stabilize their retirement outlook.


Find out more


Go to retiredreligious.org.


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018