Priests Retirement Foundation

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The Priests Retirement Foundation for the Diocese of Sandhurst (“PRF”) was established in August 2001 by Bishop Joseph Grech, pursuant to Canon 281 of the Canon Law of the Roman Catholic Church.

The PRF assists priests who have entered retirement by providing care and support including social welfare, maintenance, necessities of life and relief from poverty. This includes retired priests who are in necessitous circumstances such as infirmity, sickness, incapacity or old age.

The PRF supports over 15 retired priests in the Diocese of Sandhurst with this number expected to grow over the coming years as more priests reach their age of retirement. Though even in retirement some of our retired priests continue to serve our Diocesan faithful by the celebration of weekend masses in parishes.

The support provided by the PRF to our retired priests is funded from:
• An annual appeal held in September of each year
• Income from investments
• Legacies and bequests
• Other contributions from the Diocese of Sandhurst

The management of the PRF is vested in a Committee which includes representatives from the clergy of the Diocese, the Vicar-General, Diocesan Business Manager and lay persons. Current membership of the Committee is as follows:

• Mons Francis Marriott (Chair)
• Fr Andrew Fewings (Secretary)
• Fr Michael Morley
• Ms Melanie Eddy
• Mr Geoff Bowyer
• Mr Cameron Fraser (Diocesan Business Manager)

To make a donation to the PRF for the care and support of our retired priests, please use the following payments options:

Bank Transfer (EFT)
     Account Name: Priests Retirement Foundation of the Diocese of Sandhurst
     BSB: 083-543
     Account No: 13-833-7378
(Please use PRF and your surname as a reference. Then email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details of your transfer.)

     Send your cheque payment with your full name and address to:

     Priest Retirement Foundation
     C/- of St Therese's
     25 Albion Street
     Kennington VIC 3550.

I give to the Priests Retirement Foundation Diocese of Sandhurst (ABN 38 842 127 107) to provide financial assistance to Priests free of all duties (choose one of the following options):

• XX% of my residuary Estate
• The whole of my residuary Estate

The Foundation is a registered deductible gift recipient (DGR) allowing tax deductibility for donations if required. Should you require tax deduction please nominate the DGR account and provide your name and address so we can forward a receipt. The suggested wording to seek a tax deduction for your donation of bequest is as follows:

"I give to the Priests Retirement Foundation Diocese of Sandhurst (ABN 38 842 127 107) to provide financial assistance to Priests in necessitous circumstances free of all duties."