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Holy Spirit

Gift of Giving

New president is a
first for St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County

Local charities
deliver holiday
season wish lists

Help retired
religious weather
financial future

Supporting elderly religious is work
of the heart,
honorees say

Deeper look at statistics about women's religious orders


Pilgrimage takes us
into our faith
in a profound, transformational way

Pax Christi
Assembly inspired
by panelists,

Coptic deacon
fights secularism
to reach youths

Financial Services

Have a conversation about long-term care with your parents

Making this
Christmas season bright, and
affordable for everyone

How to save
money on pet care

Holiday Guide

Bishop's Vineyard
at the Cathedral

'VatiLeaks' 2015: Books claim
resistance to pope's
finance reform

Fremont pastor
pens a book on
humor, inspiration


New liturgical year
a time to put our
houses in order

The "O Antiphons"
of Advent

Blessing of an
Advent wreath

Sister Theresa
Martin Pigott, OP

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Gift of giving

Supporting elderly religious is work of the heart, honorees say

WASHINGTON — Supporting religious sisters, priests and brothers in their old age gives the nation's Catholics a chance to say, "I love you," in gratitude for how "they've given their lives for us," said retired Bishop William G. Curlin of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Grant funding
SOAR assists religious congregations by raising funds and providing grants to care for their elderly members. They are accepting grant applications for projects, which will assist men and women in religious communities. For more information about applying, contact Kristen Wise, IHM, kwise@soar-usa.org or visit www.Soar-Usa.org.
He made the remarks after receiving the St. Katharine Drexel Award from Support Our Aging Religious at the group's 29th annual awards gala Nov. 6 in Washington.

Known as SOAR, the organization was founded by a group of lay people in 1986 after a Wall Street Journal article exposed the crisis faced by the nation's growing population of elderly religious who had worked for a stipend over the years and faced mounting costs for health care and living expenses in their retirement.

SOAR, which is based in Washington, gives grants to help U.S. religious congregations finance the retirement of their elderly and infirm members. In 2015, it provided 61 grants totaling $1.1 million.

SOAR's highest honor is named for St. Katharine Drexel, a Philadelphia heiress who founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and used her personal fortune to fund schools for Native Americans and African-Americans. She was canonized in 2000. The award honors individuals or organizations for making significant contributions to the Catholic Church on a national scale.

The organization and its fundraising efforts are separate from the annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection administered by the National Religious Retirement Office, which is also in Washington and based at the U.S. bishops' headquarters.

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