Your gift is the answer to someone's prayer.
“The Priests Foundation is like my walking stick, helping me stay on my feet. During the first five years of my retirement, I was still very active in the parishes. It’s only in the last few years that I’ve gradually been limited in what I can do,” says Father Denis Long.
A parish is a priest’s family and just like a parent, a priest makes a life-long commitment to loving and caring for his parish family. Father Denis Long considers his years as a parish priest. “It was a privilege to walk the journey of life with people in times of joy and sadness and during times of sickness, dying and death.”
But like a parent, priests never fully retire. Not truly. And when the time comes because of age or illness to leave their parish, the uncertainty of knowing their place in the world can be frightening and isolating.
The Priests Foundation keeps priests on their feet.
For elderly, retired and unwell priests without means, the Priests Foundation is there. It gives them comfort and security, knowing they won’t be left alone when they are at their most fragile.
Like many of our other priests, Father Denis still keeps mentally active. But he admits that at 80 years of age, his body is starting to fail him. “I had a TIA (small stroke), and have been under the care of a number of specialists. At my age, I’m can’t drive. The Priests Foundation kindly provides vouchers for me to use when I can’t catch the bus.”
Our ageing priests need our support
The Priests Foundation now needs our help to care for retired priests today and also into the future.
As high numbers of priests near their retirement from full-time ministry, there is an increasing demand for welfare assistance, medical expenses, living expenses, health insurance premiums, and for accommodation and related costs.
“We do not know what the future will bring; in time, I may end up needing a higher level of care. But I feel comforted knowing the Priests Foundation will be there to look after me,” says Father Denis.
Your gift brings relief to those who depend on the good works of the Church.
The Priests Foundation looks after elderly and sick priests health, housing and living needs in their retirement. It is one of the vital ministries that relies on the Annual Catholic Campaign.
Through the generosity of parishioners across the Archdiocese, our most vulnerable neighbours are cared for when they are in greatest need through Centacare, the lives of children from disadvantaged families are changed with the gift of a Catholic education through the MacKillop Fund and the future of the priesthood is safeguarded for years to come through the Holy Spirit Seminary.
You can give a gift online or call the Catholic Foundation team on 3324 3200.