Charity & Giving

Priests' Retirement Foundation


"For those who nurtured your faith"

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) 9390 5942 or click here to make a donation with your credit card.

Please fax the completed donation form to (02) 9390 5973 or Post to:

Priests' Retirement Foundation
Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney
Reply Paid 77352
SYDNEY     NSW    2000
Email:  prf@sydneycatholic.org

For more information, click here to download the brochure.


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Pilgrimage to Rome Raffle Winners

The Priests’ Retirement Foundation raffle winners were drawn on Friday, 28 March 2014 at Polding Centre on 133 Liverpool St Sydney.  Mr Peter Rosengren, Editor of The Catholic Weekly drew the three lucky winners while Mr Gabriel Fernandes (Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney Office Services) and Ms Jo Robertson (Sydney Archdiocesan Archives) assisted as independent scrutineers.

Proceeds will be used to benefit of our sick and retired priests – and with sales resulting in a profit of around $35,000, this is great news for the Priests’ Retirement Foundation.   The winners will be published shortly in The Catholic Weekly.

First Prize Winner (Trip for two to Rome worth $10,000): Mr P Ham, Davidson NSW
Second Prize Winner ($500 worth of shopping vouchers): Rev VQ Tran, Victor Harbor SA
Third Prize Winner ($500 worth of shopping vouchers): Ms M Doumit, Auburn NSW