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Meet some of the men and women who benefit from the Retirement Fund for Religious.
“My mother was not surprised when I told her I wanted be a religious sister,” says Sister Rosemary Zaffuto, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Hamden, Connecticut. “She was used to seeing me off by myself praying or walking to church to pray there.”
“I’ve been stitching over 50 years,” says Sister Viola Marie Spire, a member of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon, Missouri. For most of her religious life, she has served in her community’s Ecclesiastical Art Department, making liturgical vestments, paraments, and stoles.
“I entered religious life at 25,” says Father Michael Gantley, a member of the Order of Friar Servants of Mary (Servites) in Chicago, Illinois. “That was considered old at the time,” he recalls, laughing.
Sister Geraldine Vogel, 84, a member of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon, Missouri, is a testament to “on-the-job” training.
On October 22, the School Sisters of St. Francis of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, celebrated the blessing of Sacred Heart, a continuing care center for their senior members.
Recently, the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) hosted two gatherings aimed at developing content for educational initiatives related to effective property planning and utilization.
“My vocation came from God and a special love of Mary, influenced by my mother,” says Sister Joan Ann Springman, a member of the Ursulines of the Central Province. “My mother valued the religious life so much that she promised her simple gold wedding ring to the daughter whom God might call to this life.”… Read More »
“My life is centered on the liturgy and the celebration of the Eucharist,” says Precious Blood Sister Ann Hipp, 95. “It’s part of who we are as a community.” At an early age, Sister Ann felt drawn to the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon, Missouri. She left her parents and seven brothers… Read More »
Sister Carolyn Capobianco, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Hamden, Connecticut, celebrates her 100th birthday today.
The National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) distributed over $25 million in financial assistance to 395 religious communities across the country.