Moving Forward with NRRO

The Benedictine Sister of Erie have benefited from the annual national appeal, Retirement Fund for Religious, sponsored by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and launched in 1988. Now, they are about to utilize some of the special services the NRRO offers to religious communities of men and women. “Besides giving direct assistance to religious communities for retired sisters, NRRO also offers help through a Planning and Implementation Program,” explained Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “We entered this program by attending an NRRO workshop in January. As a result of that, we have been accepted for the April 2016 Planning and Implementation Program.”

Two consultants have been assigned: Sister Mary Frances Johnson, CSJ, St. Louis, MO and Sister Mary Sue Kennedy, OP, Palmyra, MI. “These two religious women will accompany us on the journey that will hopefully help us to develop a plan for addressing our most pressing retirement issues,” said Sister Susan Doubet, subrioress.

At a recent on-site visit, Br. Robert Metzger,SM, NRRO Associate Director for Planning and Education, met with the prioress, the consultants and the monastic council. “Planning is crucial to helping to decrease unfunded retirement liability,” he said. “NRRO can help with grants for studies and eventual implementation of the plan that can best serve a community in their efforts to care for their elders in the future.”

Later in the month Sisters Anne Wambach, Diane Cook (Treasurer), and Susan Doubet will attend a workshop that will initiate Phase 1 of this process. “This next step will provide us with assistance in assessing our current retirement needs,” said Sister Diane Cook. “It will set us on the path to establishing a viable plan that will help us make informed decisions in regards to those needs.”

Photo: Seated (L-R) Sister Mary Sue Kennedy, OP, Brother Robert Metzger,SM, Sister Mary Frances Johnson, CSJ; Standing (L-R) Sisters Charlotte Anne Zalot, Diane Cook, Anne Wambach, Susan Doubet, Annette Marshall