My Dear Parishioners,
Archbishop Chaput has asked us to communicate the following letter to you.
February 9, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
At this time of year we’re asked to remember the priests who have offered their lives in the service to the Church in Philadelphia. Through their pastoral service and sacramental ministry, our priests have mediated Christ’s presence to us and our world. In parish communities, schools, and institutions, they’ve served so that we might experience the enduring kindness of our God.
Many retired priests continue to help parishes with their pastoral ministry. Others, due to advanced age and declining health, have had to withdraw from active ministry. Many of our retired priests reside at Villa Saint Joseph, Darby and Regina Coeli, Warminister, where they continue to carry a message of hope to others by their lives of prayer and sacrifice. These priests now need care themselves. Your financial support is urgently requested at this time of their life.
The annual Collection for the Care of the Aging and Infirm Priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will be taken in all parishes on the weekend of February 15-16, 2020. This annual collection is an opportunity for the faithful to express their gratitude for the many blessings received through the lives of these good priests.
Your kindness will be remembered daily in my prayers. May God bless you and your loved ones for your generous response to this annual appeal.
Gratefully and with continued prayers for you.
+Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archbishop of Philadelphia