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Retired religious receive $25M from national collection

June 29, 2016

The National Religious Retirement Office has granted $25 million to 401 religious communities to help pay for medication, nursing care, and other expenses associated with the care of retired religious.

The grants were funded by an annual collection taken up in parishes in the United States in December. The collection raised nearly $30.7 million.

“Additional allocations will be directed toward religious communities with the greatest needs and for ongoing education in retirement planning and eldercare delivery,” according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. “Roughly 95% of donations aid elderly religious and their communities, while the remaining five percent are used for administration and promotion of the annual appeal.”

The National Religious Retirement Office is jointly sponsored by the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


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