They do far more than simply act as a spare pair of hands. It would not be possible to sustain the richness of our life as a church without them.
Many continue in ministry leading active lives – celebrating Mass, serving as chaplains, counselling people in need, supporting parish life, and praying for us all. Parish priests generally retire from the administrative burden of parish life at the age of 75, often having given 40-50 years of service to the community. This is well beyond the retirement age of most lay people. As they live independently, retired priests support themselves with the help of the Sick and Retired Clergy Fund.
The Fund ensures that priests enjoy a dignified retirement. It supports independent living providing them with a suitable home alongside other services. Above all, it makes certain that their social and health care needs are met. Our priests rely on what the Fund provides having devoted their lives to furthering the mission of the Church and bringing people closer to Christ.