The Archdiocese of Portland will hold the Retirement Fund for Religious collection Dec. 12-13. The National Religious Retirement Office coordinates the annual appeal and distributes the proceeds to assist eligible U.S. religious communities with their retirement needs. Nearly 30,000 senior sisters, brothers and religious order priests benefit.

Last year, the Archdiocese of Portland donated almost $192,000 to the collection. In 2020, the Benedictines of Mount Angel Abbey, Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey, Missionaries of the Holy Spirit and the Sisters of Reparation received financial support from the fund.

This year, two men religious from the Archdiocese of Portland are featured in the national campaign, and their images are included on promotional materials used across the country. Abbot Emeritus Peter Eberle, 79, is a member of the Benedictines of Mount Angel Abbey. Brother Martin Gonzales, 95, is a World War II veteran and Trappist monk at Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey in Lafayette.

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