Press Release

Special Collection Planned for Retired Sisters, Brothers and Priests

Diocese-Green-Bay-LogoGREEN BAY, Wis. (Dec. 1, 2016) -- The weekend of Dec. 10-11, Diocese of Green Bay parishioners will have the opportunity to support the retirement needs of sisters, brothers and priests through the Retirement Collection, which includes the Diocesan Priests' Retirement and the National Retirement Fund for Religious.

"Through the years, so many of us have been touched by the faithful witness of many sisters, brothers and priests through our Catholic schools, hospitals and parishes," says Father Tom Long, Vicar for Clergy and Pastoral Leaders for the Diocese of Green Bay. "So many served with great devotion and dedication, but received little financial compensation in return. Now, in recent years, we have the opportunity to thank them for their great service. Even in their elder years, they continue to inspire and challenge all of us to deepen our faith and our commitment to serve those most in need. Our support of them allows this witness to continue."

Significant Retirement Needs

The retirement needs are significant. Today, there are more than 34,000 members of religious orders in the United States over the age of 70. By 2022, retired religious are projected to outnumber wage-earning religious by nearly four to one. Since the inception of the Retirement Fund for Religious in 1988, Catholics around the country have been very generous. The Diocese of Green Bay has been a national leader in contributions.

Here in our diocese, the majority of our diocesan priests are over the age of 70. Those who are able continue to serve sacramentally in our parishes. This collection will also benefit them.

More than $412,000 Donated Last Year

Last year, $214,560 was donated to the National Retirement Fund for Religious and $198,356 was donated to our Diocesan Priests' Retirement. We are grateful to all the families who generously supported this collection.

Parishioners are able to donate to one or both causes. A collection will be taken at local parishes the weekend of December 10-11, or a gift may be made through the Catholic Foundation online at


Who We Are

As friends and followers of Jesus, the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay is devoted to fostering households and communities of discipleship through the mission and ministry of the Catholic Church. We are missionary disciples striving to lead all people to the Kingdom of God. Established in 1868, the diocese is composed of 324,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.


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