Cardinal Pell established in 2007 the Priest’s Retirement Foundation of the Archdiocese of Sydney to ensure all priests can receive the accommodation, health care and support they need in their retirement.
There are now over 60 retired priests in Sydney. The retirement rate is expected to peak in 2012, with more and more priests requiring assisted living.
The Foundation provides the financial means to care for sick and retired priests, most of whom are over 75 years of age.
Most of our Archdiocesan priests work long into their seventies, caring for the spiritual life and welfare of their people – often to the detriment of their own long-term welfare.
Even in retirement most priests, while their health allows, will continue to serve the community, in particular, by the celebration of weekend masses in parishes and assisting as chaplains in aged care facilities.
The Priests’ Retirement Foundation covers needs such as:
- Convalescence care
- Nursing home and hostel care for frail priests
- Assistance in transitioning to retirement
- Health insurance
- Medical and dental expenses
- Assistance with board and lodging expenses
The Archdiocese will give two dollars for every dollar contributed to the Priests’ Retirement Foundation.
Support Our Retired Priests
You can contribute to the care of our sick and retired clergy through:
- Annual parish collection;
- Pledges: monthly quarterly or annually;
- Bequests to the Priests’ Retirement Foundation.
Help the Priests’ Retirement Foundation by making a donation. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.
To donate, phone (02) 9307 8444 or click here to make a donation with your credit card.
Please fax the completed donation form to (02) 9307 8450 or Post to:
Priests’ Retirement Foundation
Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney
Reply Paid 77352
SYDNEY NSW 2000