Collection for Retired Religious • Grant recipients announced • Local woman named Teacher of the Year

Collection for Retired Religious • Grant recipients announced • Local woman named Teacher of the Year

Many individuals who belong to a Catholic parish or have attended a Catholic school readily recall a religious sister or brother who had a profoundly positive impact on their spiritual journey. Very often, these sisters and brothers are fixtures in their communities, fulfilling an array of different roles and responsibilities.  Now that they have retired from ministry, they need those whom they served to remember their generous contributions and return them in kind.

The fund provides financial support to more than 32,000 religious solely for retirement use, and also offers the assistance of financial counselors who can advise religious on how best to set aside money to plan for retirement.

Sister Rose said that this past spring, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., received a letter from the executive director of the office expressing gratitude to the people of the Diocese for their very generous response of more than $300,000 to the collection.

In response to that ongoing need, the annual national appeal for the Retirement Fund for Religious, set for Dec. 12-13 in all parishes throughout the United States, takes on new importance this year amid COVID-19 – namely in the impact the economy has had on potential donors.

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Six agencies committed to serving the poor of the Diocese have been awarded a total of $28,000 to further their good works through the 2019 national collection to support the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

The recipients of the 2019 collection, and the amounts of the grants they received, are the Mercer County CYO, Trenton, $5,000; Society of St. Vincent de Paul Christ the King Conference, Long Branch, $5,000; Mount Carmel Guild, Trenton, $ 5,000; St. Joseph’s Social Concerns Ministry, Toms River, $5,000; Society of St. Vincent de Paul Our Lady of Guadalupe Conference, Lakewood, $5,000, and Mercy Center, Asbury Park, $3,000.

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Suzanne Casey, department head/technology coordinator in Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Moorestown, has been named New Jersey’s Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year for 2020. The annual competition is sponsored by the New Jersey Council for American Private Education. Casey will receive the award during an online presentation Dec. 15.

A faculty member in Our Lady of Good Counsel School for 20 years, Casey holds an associate’s degree in political science from Camden County College and a bachelor’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, and over the years she has pursued additional studies at Fairleigh Dickinson.

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