“When I was little, I lived close to a convent,” says Sister Beatriz Cortés, a member of the Missionaries Guadalupanas of the Holy Spirit in Los Angeles, California. “The bells rang, and I could hear the sisters singing. I wanted to be part of that.”

“When I was in first grade, we had a good Irish pastor. He would ask our class who wanted to be a sister, and all the girls would raise their hands,” says Sister Mary Sheila Fay, 84, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame in Thousand Oaks, California.

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.

Recently, the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) was honored by the Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh at their spring benefit gala.