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Sister Francis Dominici Piscatella, a member of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville, N.Y., looks at a birthday cake while celebrating her 110th birthday at the Dominicans’ motherhouse in Amityville April 20, 2023. The supercentenarian is the oldest nun in the United States and is believed to be the second oldest religious in the world. Also pictured is Sister Piscatella’s primary caregiver, Dominican Sister Francis Daniel Kammer, 83. The two nuns share a condominium apartment on Long Island. (OSV News photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) Announces Annual Retirement Fund for Religious Collection


OWENSBORO, Ky – The National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) is announcing the annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection, scheduled in parishes throughout the Diocese of Owensboro on Dec. 9-10.

In 2022, parishioners contributed $31,139.43 to the collection. From this collection, the Home Mission Sisters of America and the Passionist Nuns received a combined total of $24,027.82 in financial support made possible by the Retirement Fund for Religious.

Mr. John Knutsen, director of the NRRO, looks forward to this year’s collection, stating, “We are privileged to support those who have dedicated their lives to tireless service, and we are immensely grateful for the continuing generosity of U.S. Catholic donors to this vital cause.”

Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests—collectively known as women and men religious—have selflessly served for decades without significant financial compensation. However, due to escalating health-care costs, numerous U.S. religious communities face a substantial gap between their elderly members’ needs and the financial resources available for their care. Many religious orders currently experience insufficient retirement savings.

The 2022 appeal demonstrated Catholics’ tremendous generosity by raising $27.6 million. These funds from the Retirement Fund for Religious collection provided financial assistance for retirement needs for 297 U.S. religious communities.

The NRRO coordinates the annual national appeal for the Retirement Fund for Religious and distributes financial assistance to eligible religious communities to help care for their aging members. To address the deficit in retirement funding among U.S. religious orders, the Catholic bishops of the United States initiated the Retirement Fund for Religious collection in 1988. The NRRO is sponsored by the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

For more information, visit, or contact Robin Cabral, Campaign Director, by phone at (508) 685-8899 or by email at [email protected].

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