“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.”

“The religious have been blessed to share their lives in service to the church and the world,” says Father Bertrand Ebben, 90, a member of the Southern Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres in New Orleans, Louisiana. “We, in turn, are grateful to the donors for all they make possible through their blessings.”

“We couldn’t be living here if we didn’t get the help from people like them,” says Sister Angele Marie Sadlier, 91, a member of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in New Orleans. She often contemplates the generosity of people who donate to the Retirement Fund for Religious and the effect their help… Read More »

“We are not asking for money for ourselves but rather to go on and do the work that God has put us here for,” says Sister Ann Martinez, 82, a member of the Marianites of Holy Cross in Covington, Louisiana. “We never entered our community thinking we would make a fortune. We entered always to… Read More »

“I had no other desire than to be a nun,” says Sister Lucille Stelly, 89, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans.

Sister Joan Flores has been a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family in New Orleans for more than 60 years. She was born in Belize where her father was a teacher and worked alongside missionaries.

Thanks for the Smiles!

Recently, the Retirement Fund for Religious (RFR) team was delighted to photograph several senior religious from the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

“Even at the age of six and prior, I remember being attracted to spending quiet time with God,” says Sister Mary Hope Doudard, a member of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in San Antonio, Texas.

“I didn’t want to become a nun at all,” says Sister Theresa Hathaway, a member of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon. “I can only think that Jesus gave me a push!”

Sister Elizabeth Sohler is a member of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO). Her parish was a small mission, where the SSMO sisters taught catechism after Mass on Sundays. “Our faith was important to our family,” she recalls. Sister Elizabeth, born in 1931 in North Plains, Oregon, attended a one-room public school for… Read More »