Many of us recall a special Catholic sister or brother who had a profound influence on our lives. Never counting the cost, these dedicated individuals shared with us faith, love, and a belief in all that we could become—choosing to invest in our futures rather than their own. Today, that sister or brother may be elderly and need care.
Traditionally, Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests—known collectively as women and men religious—worked for little to no pay. As a result, many religious communities now lack adequate retirement savings. To help address this challenge, U.S. Catholic bishops initiated the Retirement Fund for Religious (RFR) in 1988. Each year, proceeds from the annual RFR appeal are distributed to hundreds of eligible U.S. religious congregations. Some 26,000 senior women and men religious benefit.
Your tax-deductible gift to the Retirement Fund for Religious provides vital support for assisted-living and home-health services, nursing care, and more. It also helps to ensure ongoing viability for religious communities, so that younger members can continue the good works begun by their elders!