December 7, 2023 9:00 pm

๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—™๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฎ/๐Ÿต & ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฎ/๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Our diocese will soon take up the national collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious. Your support for this collection provides financial assistance for retirement needs for 297 U.S. religious communities. Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests 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 membersโ€™ needs and the financial resources available for their care. Many religious orders currently experience insufficient retirement savings. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜€โ€™ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด $๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿณ.๐Ÿฒ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป. ๐——๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ $๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿด๐Ÿฒ,๐Ÿณ๐Ÿด๐Ÿด.๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป. The senior religious in our diocese never retire from their vows, and they play a crucial role in conveying the faith from one generation to the next. All remain wholly committed to their vocations by embracing the opportunity to spend more time praying for our Church and world.

Please support the retirement needs of our senior religious. And please join me in praying for Godโ€™s continued blessing on our nationโ€™s elderly sisters, brothers, and religious order priests. As I remain โ€“
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Ronald A. Hicks
Bishop of Joliet
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๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—™๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฎ/๐Ÿต & ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฎ/๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Our diocese will soon take up the national collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious. Your support for this collection provides financial assistance for retirement needs for 297 U.S. religious communities. Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests 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 membersโ€™ needs and the financial resources available for their care. Many religious orders currently experience insufficient retirement savings. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜€โ€™ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด $๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿณ.๐Ÿฒ ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป. ๐——๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ $๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿด๐Ÿฒ,๐Ÿณ๐Ÿด๐Ÿด.๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป. The senior religious in our diocese never retire from their vows, and they play a crucial role in conveying the faith from one generation to the next. All remain wholly committed to their vocations by embracing the opportunity to spend more time praying for our Church and world.

Please support the retirement needs of our senior religious. And please join me in praying for Godโ€™s continued blessing on our nationโ€™s elderly sisters, brothers, and religious order priests. As I remain โ€“
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Ronald A. Hicks
Bishop of Joliet
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