The Retirement Fund for Religious helps religious communities care for senior members—today and tomorrow.

The Need

Across the United States, hundreds of religious communities lack financial resources sufficient to meet the retirement and health-care needs of aging members.

  • Lack of Funds

    Many elder religious worked for years for small stipends, leaving a large gap in retirement savings. At the same time, fewer religious are able to serve in compensated ministry.

  • Rising Costs

    Like many Americans, religious communities face the monumental challenge of funding eldercare.

  • Changing Demographics

    By 2027, retired religious are projected to outnumber wage-earners by more than three to one.

Donations at Work

Roughly 94 percent of donations to the Retirement Fund for Religious
directly aid senior religious and their communities.

  • $775
    million
    has been distributed since 1989.
  • 390
    religious communities received funding in 2017.
  • 32,175
    religious past age 70 benefit from the RFR.
  • Financial Assistance

    80 to 90 percent of donations to the Retirement Fund for Religious are allocated to assist with the direct care of senior religious. Learn More.

  • Consultation

    Volunteer consultants provide hands-on support for retirement planning and maximize the impact of donations. Learn More.

  • Education

    Proceeds from the Retirement Fund for Religious underwrite educational programs and resources that promote comprehensive retirement planning and enhanced quality of life for aging members. Learn More.

Ways to give

Your tax-deductible donation offers vital support for elderly Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests.

Stories & News

Meet some of the men and women who benefit from the Retirement Fund for Religious.

Sister Emilia Irene Lara, 85, a member of the Missionaries Guadalupanas of the Holy Spirit, grew up in the wake of the Mexican Revolution. Although she often witnessed poverty and illness, her early years were happy and filled with faith and love.

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Recently, the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) distributed $25 million to 390 religious communities across the United States. The funding is provided by donations to the Retirement Fund for Religious collection.

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