GREEN BAY — The annual Retirement Collection to support the needs of sisters, brothers and priests will be held the weekend of Dec. 12 and 13. The appeal includes the Diocesan Priests’ Retirement and the National Retirement Fund for Religious.
The retirement needs are climbing. Some retired sisters, brothers and priest have insufficient income.
Today, there are more than 34,000 members of religious orders in the United States over the age of 70. In the Diocese of Green Bay, approximately 90 senior priests are receiving retirement benefits. The majority of Green Bay diocesan priests are over 70. Those who are able, continue to serve sacramentally in parishes.
By 2022, retired religious are projected to outnumber wage-earning religious by nearly four to one. The average retired diocesan priest receives $1,295 per month from the priest’s pension fund.
The national collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious began in 1988. Since its inception, Catholics around the country have donated nearly $750 million. Continued help is needed to supplement the fund over the next 20 years.
A collection will be taken at diocesan churches. Parish members may donate to one or both causes. Online donations may be made through the Catholic Foundation at www.catholicfoundationgb.org/give.
Gifts may also be sent to the Catholic Foundation at P.O. Box 23001, Green Bay, WI 54305-3001.