The annual appeal for the Retirement Fund for Religious is taken up each December in most U.S. Catholic parishes and helps hundreds of religious communities provide for the current and future needs of senior members. The National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) coordinates the nationwide collection and distributes the proceeds to eligible religious communities. Tens of thousands of elderly Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests benefit.
In 1988, Catholic bishops of the United States launched the Retirement Fund for Religious to address the profound deficit in retirement savings among U.S. religious congregations. Since the first appeal, the NRRO has distributed $803 million to congregations across the nation, including almost $709 million to help underwrite the direct care of elderly religious. An additional $94 million has supported efforts by religious congregations to stabilize savings and develop comprehensive retirement strategies.
In addition to sponsoring the annual appeal, the NRRO offers assessment tools, educational programming, services, and resources that promote quality eldercare and help religious communities plan for long-term retirement needs. The office also coordinates an extensive network of volunteer consultants, including experts in health care and financial planning, who provide hands-on assistance to religious communities with critical funding deficits.
The NRRO is sponsored by the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM), the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR), the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).