(Editor’s note: Bishop Martin Amos received the following letter.)
Dear Bishop Amos:
Thank you for your diocesan check for $62,940.80, which has been deposited in the Retirement Fund for Religious account. This brings your total diocesan contributions for all the years of the collection to $2,061,973.79. The money (from the most recent collection) has been recorded as part of the Appeal XXI for 2008.
Your generosity surely helps religious address the many challenges religious face as they age. Religious today, as always, continue to make an impact in our society. Even as they age, their commitment to the ministry of their community, their prayer and spiritual life are vibrant testimony to the faithfulness they promised so many years ago. Your commitment to them is a heartfelt testimony to their faithfulness. Each religious, young and old, are grateful for your support!
Your support and the support of your Retirement Fund for Religious coordinator, pastors, parish priests and deacons are essential to the fund’s continued success. We are most grateful for all you do! You can surely rely on the prayers of the more than 37,000 religious now over the age of 70 and the ever increasing numbers of religious who will be retiring very soon. May God bless you as only He can!
Thank you so much for all you do to support this collection. This year’s contributions from your diocese surpass last year’s by 10.6 percent. We truly appreciate this generosity.
Sister Janice Bader, CPPS, executive director
National Religious Retirement Office, Washington, D.C.