SUPPORT THE COLLECTION FOR BEIT MERY HERMITAGE AND THE RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS<'/h2>
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Soon our parishes will be conducting the Retirement Fund for Religious collection. This annual appeal benefits 31,000 elderly Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests – women and men who have consecrated their lives to serving God and the Church, including our diocesan hermit, Sr. Janet Strong.
During the 2018 World Day for Consecrated Life, Pope Francis remarked, “There is no growth without roots and no flowering without new buds.” This analogy has certainly born out within the
life of the Church in the United States. Senior religious were the roots that established Catholic schools, hospitals, and social service agencies – allowing generations of Catholics to flourish. Today, the example of older religious inspires younger members to persevere in mission and