A special collection to support retired sisters, brothers and priests in the religious community will take place at churches throughout the Diocese of Orlando and around the U.S. on the weekend of Dec. 10-11.
Sponsored by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in Washington, D.C., the collection asks Catholics to assist more than 34,000 religious women and men over the age of 70. Last year, the Diocese of Orlando contributed more than $100,000 to this collection; nationwide, the NRRO garnered more than $26.7 million.
“We’re working to ensure religious communities can care for their elder members today and tomorrow,” said Sister Janice Bader, NRRO Executive Director and a member of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon, Mo.
In the Diocese of Orlando, there are several congregations who are seeking this assistance from this collection – the Congregation of Holy Cross, Religious Teachers Filippini, Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart, Order of Friar Servants of Mary and Sisters of St. Joseph, which is headquartered within the Diocese of St. Augustine.
Traditionally, religious men and women have worked for small stipends that furnished only the basics of daily living, the end result being a lack of adequate savings for retirement. This collection will ensure that their basics are covered, assist future generations of religious men and women as they reach the age of retirement, and provide long-term retirement needs.