Your donations ensure a dignified retirement for all our parish priests
Why your help is so critical?
Your gifts to the Priests Foundation provide for the accommodation of retired priests, and for the medical emergencies of both active and retired priests. All retired priests live either on their own, in assisted living facilities, or in nursing homes, and require some level of assistance.
At present, with the help of generous people like you, the Priests Foundation cares for 53 priests in retirement. The Archdiocese has 94 priests in active ministry with an average age of sixty years. By 2020, the Priests Foundation will need to significantly increase their resources to ensure they can continue to care for an ageing clergy.
The average age of priests is rising
“It is likely that we will have an extra 35 retired priests over the next five years alone,” says Fr Kevin Smith, chairman of the Priests Foundation, “without gifts from the generous supporters, the critical services such as accommodation support, transport assistance, and health care, which the Priests Foundation is able to provide would not be possible.”