Giving back to those who have given throughout their lives
Weddings, Baptisms, First Communions, deaths of loved ones.
In all of these life moments – a priest was present.
Our diocesan priests dedicate their entire careers serving parishes and the families within them. They do this as their vocation – willingly. They trust that God will provide for them in their later years.
Your donation to this collection will help provide for the growing number of priests who are eligible for retirement today and in the future. Your gift ensures that they will be cared for in their retirement years.
Giving to the Diocese of Saginaw Priests’ Retirement Fund
- Special envelopes for this collection are included in your parish giving envelopes or at your parish
- You can donate via cash, check or credit card
- Please make checks payable to your parish
or, call Geri Rudolf at 989-797-6679 or email her.
Honor a priest who has impacted your life
You can give special recognition to a priest who has meant a great deal to you and your family by making a donation in his name to the Priests’ Retirement Fund.
Simply note that priest’s name with your donation. The Diocese of Saginaw will inform that priest (or his family, if the gift is made in memory of a priest) of your gift. The amount of your donation will not be disclosed.
How the fund works
Gifts to the Priests’ Retirement Fund go directly to the priests’ pension plan, where it is invested and held in a trust account. The pension plan provides for the monthly pension and medical benefits of the currently retired diocesan priests. The account also will fund the retirement of priests who actively serve the diocese now.
Did you know?
- 52 diocesan priests currently are receiving distributions from the retirement fund
- More than a dozen retired priests remain in active ministry in the diocese
- A diocesan priest typically spends more than 40 years in active ministry before retirement
Some stories about priests from parishioners from throughout the Diocese of Saginaw
When Harry G.’s daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was in her late 20s, her close-knit family knew that they would be in for trying times. After five years of treatments and a courageous fight, Harry’s daughter Denise passed away from cancer.
Harry wanted to make his daughter’s memorial and funeral heartfelt and meaningful, but, the family feared that the personalized touches would not be allowed at the Catholic service. Harry was relieved after talking to his parish priest. “He worked with us and let us incorporate hymns and songs and other things that were meaningful to her and to us. Father let me read a letter I had written to my daughter at the funeral,” says the Midland resident. “He really let us make Denise’s funeral into a special family thing.”
Harry’s journey with his daughter and family inspired him to write a book and he is an active supporter of grief organizations and community speaker
Bay City resident Helen V. has grieved the loss of four siblings in the past six years. She says her priest has been a source of support and comfort each time. “He has always been there. He is always at our side and there when we need him.”
Helen said she was especially thankful for her priest’s guidance when her sister died. The sister’s wish was to be buried with her husband in a military cemetery. Regulations only permitted this if Helen’s sister was cremated. Her priest explained the Church’s acceptance of cremation and assured Helen that her sister was laid to rest in keeping with Catholic teaching.
Krystina T. and her husband had a civil ceremony at the Saginaw County courthouse for their wedding. Preparing for their five-year anniversary, they approached their parish priest about having their marriage blessed by the Church. Although they didn’t know what to expect, they were met with open arms and an accepting attitude. “There was absolutely no judgment. Father supported our decision completely.”
To have the blessing ceremony at their parish, the couple had to complete Catholic marriage preparation classes, Krystina said. “It wasn’t like we needed counseling, but, it was part of the process. We could not have been happier at how it all turned out.”
Sue W. had been involved in her parish for some time and had seen a lot of changes, including the merging of churches. She had heard of the lay ministry program and even had known of people who had completed it, but, she never really thought much about it. However, when her pastor approached her and told her that he thought she would be an excellent lay minister, she had to explore it further.
Now a commissioned lay minister for several years, Sue, who lives in Pinconning, says it is a privilege to be serving her parish and the Diocese of Saginaw in that capacity. “Father told me that he heard the Lord calling my name for this ministry. It’s been amazing,” she says, noting the many things that she does to assist other parishioners.