A second collection specifically to help retired priests is scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 9 and 10.
"The priests of the diocese have taken care of our parishioners, providing pastoral and spiritual care and the Sacraments. Help me in taking care of these priests in their retirement as they have provided for you," asked Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ.
The collection benefits the Priest Retirement Benefit Trust of the Diocese of Oakland — diocesan priests; religious order priests are provided for separately by their respective congregations.
Retired priests face many of the same costs lay people do, like housing and transportation.
The average annual retirement income benefit per priest is about $23,700. Health care and other benefits, like dental and long-term care, are funded separately.
"It ensures priests who have worked for the diocese will have money to live on when they retire," said Rev. Paul Vassar, who retired last year after a long career as a pastor and diocesan administrator, including serving as chancellor. Father Vassar is also on the advisory board of the retirement fund. "They have given their lives to the diocese and we want to make sure they have sufficient funds to cover essential and basic needs."
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