- Editor's note:
- Pray for priests, religious and those considering the religious life daily.
ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST
510 JACKSON AVE. DEFIANCE, OHIO 43412
October 28, 2013
Dear St. John Parish family,
Would you prayerfully consider making a contribution to the Diocese of Toledo Priests’ Retirement Fund in our Perpetuate the Gift Appeal?
Our challenge is two-fold: to meet the overall cost of benefits for the current priests who are retired, as well as to continue to prudently plan for the future – ensuring that priests who have served us in our parishes and institutions will be able to retire with the thanks of grateful parishioners whom they have served. Our contributions say “thank you” and support the retired priests who have celebrated Baptisms, First Communions, and Weddings. Our gratitude is for those priests who have also helped us in sickness and sorrow – making sick calls to homes and hospitals and having funerals of family and friends.
The Diocese of Toledo Priests’ Retirement Fund provides retirement benefits for priests of the Catholic Diocese of Toledo. There are currently 84 priests of the Diocese of Toledo who meet the requirements for receiving earned benefits from the Priests’ Retirement Fund. Moreover, there are 92 active priests whose average age is 50 years old and older. When you look at the numbers, we have more priests who are either retired or approaching retirement age than those who are in the first half of their ministry careers.
Support Our Retired Priests: Please consider a donation to Perpetuate the Gift Appeal, the annual collection to support the retired priests of the Diocese of Toledo. Once a priest retires he is responsible for his own personal expenses: medical, housing, car, clothing and food. Your gift of support given between October 1 and December 31 will also help by reducing the amount your parish contributes to the fund. A gift of cash or check can be sent to Perpetuate the Gift, PO Box 954, Toledo, OH 43697 or placed in our parish collection. A gift may also be made online at ourpriest.org. If you would like to give a gift of stock or designate a bequest to help our retired priests, please contact Karen Szymanski at 419-244-6711 or email at
Once again, would you prayerfully consider making a contribution to the Diocese of Toledo Priests’ Retirement Fund Perpetuate the Gift Appeal to meet these simple challenges?
Fr. Todd Dominique, Pastor
Chairman of Priest Retirement Board
Diocese of Toledo