Jan 30, 2013

Sisters of St. Joseph awarded grant to help plan, manage retirement issues



(Photo courtesy of Sisters of St. Joseph)

Staff report

HOLYOKE – The National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) Management Board has voted to approve a grant proposal submitted recently by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield. The board approved the entire amount requested, $313,257.

The president of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, Sister Maxyne Schneider, said the funds will not be used for direct material support of the sisters, but will be used to assist the congregation in finding solutions to its serious financial challenges.

The NRRO coordinates the annual appeal for the Retirement Fund for Religious and distributes donations to all eligible religious institutes on a per capita basis for care of retired religious. The office also offers support services to religious institutes that help them to assess, plan and manage retirement issues.

It is the latter grant that the Sisters of St. Joseph have just received.

“We are among the congregations that benefit most from the NRRO’s programs because our need for funding to care for our elder sisters is among the greatest,” Sister Schneider said.

She expressed gratitude to the people of the Springfield Diocese for their presence in so many ways, and especially for their support of the annual collection. She also thanked Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell for the letter of support that he provided for the grant.