WEST VIRGINIA—On the weekend of Dec. 13-14, the 27th annual Retirement Fund Collection for Religious will take place throughout the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. This collection takes place in most parishes and missions throughout the United States. This national collection benefits some 35,000 religious—sisters, brothers and clergy who are members of religious congregations, women and men who have consecrated their lives to serving God and the church. Pope Francis said: “Every consecrated person is a gift for the People of God on its journey.”
In addition to providing assistance for direct care for retired religious women and men, the National Religious Retirement Office provides careful stewardship with all donations. Over 93 percent of donations to the RFR aid elder religious, with 7 percent used for administration. The annual appeal for the Retirement Fund for Religious which is taken up each December provides vital support to religious communities in meeting current and future retirement needs. Since 1989, the NRRO has distributed millions to Religious communities across the nation.
The National Retirement Office offers assessment tools, educational programming, services and resources that enable religious communities to evaluate and prepare for long-term planning. The NRRO also coordinates an extensive network of volunteer consultants—including experts in eldercare, and financial planning—to help communities plan for the ongoing care of senior members.
The NRRO is sponsored by the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM), the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR), the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). For additional information, visit the organization’s website at www.retiredreligious.org.
The Office of the Delegate for Consecrated Life manages the Retirement Fund for Religious appeal for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. For more information locally, contact Sister Ellen Dunn, OP, or Karen Muenze at (304) 233-0880.