Supporting the sick and retired priests of Southwark Diocese
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The priests of our diocese who are sick and no longer in active ministry need and deserve our care and assistance. This site outlines Southwark Diocese’ Clergy Support Fund Campaign and how you can lend your help to those who have spent their lives caring for others.
Whether you have been a Catholic since birth or joined the church in later life, you will probably have memories of priests who are now retired. You may remember, for example, one who shared the joy of your wedding day with you, helped your family through a difficult time, or one who supported and gave you strength to cope at the time you lost a close relative.
It is a misconception to think that retirement means no longer being a priest or withdrawing from ministry. Very often it means a less busy lifestyle than in full-time parish work. Our priests have walked alongside us on our journey of faith and are still part of it when they retire. Many are able to offer a listening ear, some form of pastoral ministry or continue to assist in busy parishes.
The Clergy Support Fund Campaign is an opportunity for us to show our support and to remember our retired priests are still part of our family of the church. As with relatives in our own families, they need support and practical assistance as they face an important new chapter in their lives.