The annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be held on December 7–8 in the Diocese of Buffalo as well as Catholic parishes across the nation. Now in its 26th year, the collection is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and benefits over 34,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests. In 2012, the Diocese of Buffalo raised over $936,000, more than any other diocese in the country.
The U.S. bishops initiated the collection in 1988 to address the significant lack of retirement funding among U.S. religious communities. Proceeds are distributed to eligible communities to help underwrite retirement and health-care expenses. Since the collection began, Catholics have contributed $698 million. Over 93 percent of donations directly support senior religious and their communities.