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The Archdiocese has initiated a $100 million campaign to provide long-term funding for retirement and medical needs of priests and women religious, as well as support of individual parishes. A successful campaign will allow the Archdiocese to:
Establish a stronger position to provide a consistent, appropriate retirement for priests by moving from a pay-as-you-go system to a fully-funded model for priest pension and medical plans.
Increase the ability of women religious orders to care for their senior members while continuing their ministry to God’s people.
Give parishes more resources for their local ministries, services, works and programs.
Lead by example in prayer, action, and generosity.
Reinforce a dynamic faith for the next generation of Catholics in Western Washington.
About This Cause
The Called to Serve as Christ campaign is an extraordinary opportunity for all to play a role in strengthening the Catholic Church in Western Washington. This campaign will focus on raising $100 million to strengthen our priest pension and retirement medical plans, provide support to women religious serving or who have served in the Archdiocese of Seattle, and assist key efforts in our parishes.
Priest Pension Plans
Project details: The Archdiocese of Seattle has a canonical responsibility to provide senior priests with pension benefits. The present pay-as-you-go model for the priest pension plan was sustainable when there was a large number of active priests paying into the plan, and a relatively small number receiving benefits.
Now, with relatively fewer priests in active ministry, compared to retired, the burdensome “pay as you go” model is no longer sustainable. Through a successful Called to Serve as Christ campaign, $40 million will be designated to priest pension.
Senior Priest Medical Plans
Project details: The Archdiocese of Seattle has a canonical responsibility to provide senior priests with medical benefits. The present pay-as-you-go model for medical plans was sustainable when there was a large number of active priests paying into the plan, and a relatively small number receiving benefits.
Now, with relatively fewer priests in active ministry, compared to retired, the burdensome “pay as you go” model is no longer sustainable. Through a successful Called to Serve as Christ campaign, $15 million will be designated to priest medical.
Support for our Women Religious
Project details: The campaign will raise funds for women religious, who have played a crucial role in the history of our Church’s mission in Western Washington. From schools to hospitals, from ministry to the poor to ministry in parishes, from retreat centers to social justice and advocacy, the positive impact and reach of their work cannot be overstated. Because they have answered the call to serve as Christ, and because for decades they served with almost no compensation, the campaign will recognize, acknowledge and thank them for their sacrifice and service.
Through a successful campaign, $24 million will be designated to women religious to aid the sisters’ pension and healthcare needs.