Though financial support is distributed to religious communities, gifts to the Retirement Fund for Religious have a very real impact on the day-to-day lives of individual senior religious—providing funding for necessities such as prescription medications and nursing care.
Below, meet some of the senior religious who benefit from the Retirement Fund for Religious. Click on a photo to read their stories.
Sister Dorothy Bucko, 80
School Sisters of St. Francis
School Sister of St. Francis Dorothy Bucko was attracted to her religious community as a teenager.
"Attending one of their retreats was my first experience with Franciscan hospitality," explains Sister Dorothy.
"I was drawn in by their kindness. "Today, after spending numerous years as a Catholic school teacher and principal,
not to mention serving in music and pastoral ministry, Sister Dorothy continues to spread Franciscan warmth and welcome.
At 80, she still plays the organ, and she serves as a eucharistic minister for residents of a senior living center
sponsored by her religious community. Support from the Retirement Fund for Religious is helping her congregation
determine how best to use their resources to support well elders, like Sister Dorothy, as well as members who
need greater care.