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  • Writer's pictureUrsulines of Brown County

Retirement Fund for Religious

The annual appeal for the Retirement Fund for Religious is taken up each December in most U.S. Catholic parishes and helps hundreds of religious communities provide for the current and future needs of senior members. In good times and bad, senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests have served our Church and world.

  • For most of their lives, elder religious worked for little to no pay. There were no 401(k) plans or pensions.

Many religious communities do not have enough retirement savings and struggle to provide for aging members. Your gift helps provide medications, nursing care, and more. Even a small gift will make a difference!


Click HERE to learn about ways you can make a donation.



Across the United States, hundreds of religious communities lack financial resources sufficient to meet the retirement and health-care needs of aging members.

  • Lack of Funds Many elder religious worked for years for small stipends, leaving a large gap in retirement savings. At the same time, fewer religious are able to serve in compensated ministry.

  • Rising Costs Like many Americans, religious communities face the monumental challenge of funding eldercare.

  • Changing Demographics Today, retired religious outnumber wage-earners by nearly three to one.

Thank you for your contribution!

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