Diocese thanked for contributions supporting retired sisters, brothers, religious order priests

The National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recently recognized the Diocese of Raleigh for its contribution of $167,672.05 in support of the 2021 Retirement Fund for Religious collection. Since the collection was launched, contributions from the diocese have totaled $5,774,687.82.

Generosity to the collection enables the NRRO to distribute financial and educational assistance that help religious communities provide for older members while continuing to serve the People of God. Proceeds offer much-needed support for medications, nursing care, and other day-to-day necessities. A portion of the appeal also underwrites programming and education that promote long-term retirement planning. These resources focus on helping communities to reduce costs, enhance eldercare, and identify additional sources of income.

"We are very grateful to you and your parishioners for your generous support of our mission," Sister Stephanie Still, PBVM, executive director of the NRRO, wrote in a letter to Bishop Luis Zarama.

"Joined with the 30,000 elderly sisters, brothers, and religious order priests who benefit from the Retirement Fund for Religious, I offer a daily prayer of thanksgiving for all whose love and sacrifice make the work of our office possible. May God bless you and your parishioners," she said.