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Special Collection Planned for Retired Sisters, Brothers and Priests

Diocese-Green-Bay-LogoGREEN BAY, Wis. (Dec. 5, 2017) -- The weekend of Dec. 9-10, Diocese of Green Bay parishioners will have the opportunity to support the retirement needs of sisters, brothers and priests through the Retirement Collection, which includes the Diocesan Priests’ Retirement and the National Retirement Fund for Religious.

"Through the years, many of us have been touched by the faithful witness and tireless work of many sisters, brothers and priests through our Catholic parishes, schools, and hospitals," said Father Luke Ferris, Vicar for Clergy and Pastoral Leaders for the Diocese of Green Bay. "Having served with great dedication, but often with little financial compensation, we now have the opportunity to thank our retired sisters, brothers, and priests for their lifelong service. Even in their senior years, they continue to inspire us and show us what it means to follow Jesus Christ. Our generous support shows our care and appreciation for them."

Significant Needs

The retirement needs are significant. Today, there are more than 34,000 members of religious orders in the United States over the age of 70. By 2022, retired religious are projected to outnumber wage-earning religious by nearly four to one. Since the inception of the Retirement Fund for Religious in 1988, Catholics around the country have been very generous, and the Diocese of Green Bay has been a national leader in contributions.

Here in our diocese, the majority of our diocesan priests are over the age of 70. Those who are able continue to serve sacramentally in our parishes. This collection will also benefit them.

$395,808 Given Last Year

Last year, through the generosity of many, $203,094 was given to the National Retirement Fund for Religious and $192,714 to our own Diocesan Priests Retirement Fund.

Parishioners are able to donate to one or both causes. A collection will be taken at local parishes the weekend of December 9-10, or a gift may be made through the Catholic Foundation online at


Who We Are

The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay works to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ by helping people in need and by providing academic, leadership and spiritual formation opportunities to parish and school leaders. Established in 1868, the Diocese is composed of 324,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.


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