The purpose of the The Endowment for the Care of Retired Priests is to provide a long-term source of funding to meet the future care needs of retired priests in good standing who have faithfully served the Catholics in the Diocese of Allentown.

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When a Diocesan priest is ordained, he makes a lifelong commitment to serve the needs of the faithful in the Allentown Diocese. In return, the Diocese makes a commitment to the priest to provide for his basic well-being during his lifetime, including retirement. The normal retirement age for a priest in our Diocese is age 75. Retirement costs including insurance, healthcare, prescription drugs, skilled nursing care, and housing and sustenance continue to escalate. At present, one-third of Diocesan priests are retired.

The Diocese of Allentown currently pays for the retirement needs of priests through the Bishop’s Annual Appeal and the Diocesan operating budget. The annual costs for meeting the needs of retired priests can exceed $2.7 million per year. Due to the ever increasing costs of care, the Diocese created this Endowment Fund to provide additional funding to cover these expenses in the future.

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 Dear Friends

“The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus,” wrote St. John Vianney, patron saint of parish priests. “When you see a priest, think of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Nearly two hundred years later, these words still ring true. At baptisms, weddings, funerals, Masses, and much more, our priests generously and whole-heartedly shepherd us through the most difficult moments and the most joyful times in our lives. More importantly, our priests make it possible to live our lives in communion with Christ.

In the Diocese of Allentown, we are committed to caring for those priests in good standing who cared for us. The Diocese of Allentown has created The Endowment for the Care of Retired Priests in order to properly provide for aging clergy. With your help, the Endowment can grow to fully support the health and long-term care for our elderly priests who, as you probably know, generally continue in service to our families, to our Diocese, and to our Lord well past any kind of ordinary retirement age.

This year, I hope you will prayerfully consider making a contribution to The Endowment for the Care of Retired Priests . With your help, we can continue to keep our promise to care for those who cared for us.

Thank you in advance for your remembrance and recognition of those priests in the Diocese of Allentown who have been, as Pope Benedict described, “heralds of hope, reconciliation, and peace.”

Gratefully in Christ,
Paul Acampora

Secretary for Stewardship & Development