An appeal for elderly and ill priests…
The diocese of Westminster is launching an appeal for Sick and Retired priests.
The Sick and Retired Priests’ Fund was set up in 1979 to help priests in the Diocese of Westminster who need support and, over the years it has helped hundreds of them.
Today there are over 90 retired priests in the diocese and Sr Clement (the Fund’s Healthcare Co-ordinator) invited me to Nazareth House Residential Care Home in East Finchley, one of the care homes run by the Sisters in our Diocese, to meet some of them. Sr Clement works full time with the Fund, visiting priests who are sick and those who are struggling with the burdens of old age.
All the support they need The Sick and Retired Priests’ Fund objective is to ensure that all sick and elderly priests in the diocese receive the practical support that they need and this can range from arranging residential care to buying a pair of orthopedic shoes and from organising a lift to Mass to buying essential equipment such as a bath hoist or stair lift. The Fund also provides a help service for priests, allowing them to confidentially discuss health or other issues of concern.