Monks, young and old, pray vespers Nov. 15 at Mount Angel Abbey. The Benedictines were one of the Oregon communities helped by last year’s Retirement Fund for Religious collection. This year’s collection is set for Dec. 7–8. (Ed Langlois/Catholic Sentinel)
Monks, young and old, pray vespers Nov. 15 at Mount Angel Abbey. The Benedictines were one of the Oregon communities helped by last year’s Retirement Fund for Religious collection. This year’s collection is set for Dec. 7–8. (Ed Langlois/Catholic Sentinel)
The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held Dec. 7–8 in the parishes of western Oregon. The parish-based appeal is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office, and proceeds help hundreds of U.S. religious communities to care for aging members. Some 30,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests benefit.

Last year, the people of the archdiocese donated more than $200,000 to the collection. In 2019, the Benedictine men of Mount Angel Abbey, Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey and the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit received financial support made possible by the Retirement Fund for Religious.

The 2018 appeal raised $27.7 million nationwide, and 360 religious congregations across the nation received funding.

“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, the executive director of the National Religious Retirement Office.

Despite the generosity, many congregations still struggle to provide for aging members. Most older religious served for low wages that did not include retirement benefits. And retired religious now outnumber wage-earning members, resulting in declining income and a rising cost of care.

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