The Retirement Fund for Religious helps religious communities care for senior members—today and tomorrow.Donate now
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.
Like many Americans, religious communities face the monumental challenge of funding eldercare.
Today, retired religious outnumber wage-earners by nearly three to one.
Donations at Work
Your donation makes a difference. Roughly 95 percent of our budget aids senior religious. Only 5 percent is used for administration and promotional activities.
millionhas been distributed since 1989.
271religious communities received funding in 2022.
24,924religious past age 70 benefit from the RFR.
The bulk of donations to the Retirement Fund for Religious are allocated to assist with the direct care of senior religious. Learn More.
Volunteer consultants provide hands-on support for retirement planning and maximize the impact of donations. Learn More.
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
Learn how you can support 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.
Father William Graham, OFM Cap, 75
“I thank all the Retirement Fund for Religious donors for all they are making possible,” says Father William Graham, 75, a member of the Capuchin Friars, Province of St. Augustine, Pittsburgh. “Our role is to support you. You are giving to us, and we are giving back to you. Family does those things.”Read more
Baltimore Religious Communities Smile for the Camera: Retirement Fund for Religious Collection Captures Heartwarming Moments
The Retirement Fund for Religious (RFR) team recently photographed senior religious persons from various religious communities in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. These sisters, brothers, and religious order priests have all benefited from the generous donations to the annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection. The RFR team expresses their heartfelt gratitude to all the participants for… Read More »Read more