Priests devote their lives to furthering the mission of the Church and bringing people closer to Christ. We are grateful to the many priests who are with us at life’s most important moments: baptism, confirmation, marriage, and all of life’s crises. In retirement, priests continue to serve as spiritual leaders, counselors, teachers, and friends. Our retired priests are the living roots of our sacramental community.
Today, there are 77 active and 30 retired priests as well as one retired bishop in the Diocese of Greensburg.
Each retired priest receives a pension benefit of $1,450 per month, as well as medical benefits.
By the year 2015, the number of retired priests will grow to approximately 68. This represents a 140% increase in the total number of retired priests.
The Neumann House, located on the campus of the Bishop WilliamG. Connare Center in Greensburg, is the diocesan residence for retired priests. It will be necessary to increase the number of rooms at the Neumann House in order to meet the demands of the number of retired priests.
To enable retired priests to live their lives in dignity, Today’s Challenge ~ Tomorrow’s Hope will provide $5 million:
· To bolster the Priest Pension Fund in order to meet increased need.
· To make necessary expansions at the Neumann House to provide for additional retirees.