When a Diocesan priest is ordained, he makes a lifelong commitment to serve the needs of the faithful. In return, the Diocese of Allentown makes a commitment to our priests to provide for his basic well-being during his lifetime, including retirement. The normal retirement age for a priest in our Diocese is 75. Retirement costs including insurance, healthcare, prescription drugs, skilled nursing care, and housing and sustenance continue to escalate. At present, approximately one-third of Diocesan priests are retired. Due to the ever-increasing costs of care, the Diocese has created this Endowment Fund as an additional source of funding to cover these expenses in the future.
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Please use the form below to make a gift for the Endowment for the Care of Retired Priests. Together, we can provide care and support for retired priests in good standing who have spent their lives faithfully serving our Catholic family of faith in Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties.