The pandemic has shown how important priests are in supporting parish communities during a crisis. But just as we have relied on priests during the pandemic, so they rely on us in their retirement. The Sick and Retired Clergy Fund appeal is our opportunity to say thank you.
While priests and parish volunteers have responded valiantly to the COVID-19 crisis our usual fundraising activity has been curtailed. The Sick and Retired Clergy Fund appeal did not run in 2020 because of the pandemic. We are therefore launching the appeal this year in the knowledge that it is doubly important.
Parish priests generally retire from the administrative burdens of parish life at the age of 75, often having given 40-50 years of service to their community. This is well beyond the retirement age of most lay people. As they live independently, retired priests support themselves with the help of the Sick and Retired Clergy Fund.
The Fund ensures that priests enjoy a dignified retirement. It supports independent living providing them with a suitable home alongside other services. Above all, it makes certain that their social and health care needs are met. Our priests rely on the Fund having devoted their lives to furthering the mission of the Church and bringing people closer to Christ.
If you would like to support the Sick and Retired Clergy Fund appeal gift aid envelopes will be available shortly. Alternatively, you can give online at www.rcadc.org/donations. You can also print and cut out the Gift Aid declaration and return it with your donation to Archbishop’s House 41/43 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 9HD.
Message from Archbishop George
Archbishop George writes:
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Once again, I commend to your generosity the annual appeal for the support of the sick and retired priests of the Archdiocese of Cardiff. I know how grateful you are for the ministry of your priests over the years. This collection is an opportunity to thank them in a practical way for their years of dedicated service to the people in their care. As always, I am grateful for the support, encouragement and love shown to our priests.
Please keep us all in your prayers.
+ George Stack
Archbishop of Cardiff & Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Menevia