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The annual Fathers’ Day Appeal take place at Masses across the Diocese on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd September 2023.

Although a priest may retire from administrative duties and from the demands of full-time parish work, he continues the lifelong priestly ministry to which he dedicated himself at ordination.

The Priests’ Retirement Fund provides financial support to care for the retired and sick priests of our Diocese. That includes things like convalescent care, nursing home and hostel care when required, assistance in transitioning to retirement, health insurance, medical and dental expenses and assistance with board and lodging.

Most of our Diocesan priests work well into their 70s, caring for the spiritual life and welfare of their people. They give without counting the cost and sometimes that can include a cost to their health. Even in retirement, most priests continue to serve the community in ways like celebrating weekend Masses in parishes, stepping in while priests are on leave and assisting as chaplains in aged care facilities.

The annual Fathers’ Day Appeal is an opportunity for us to give a little back. Please consider generously supporting these men who have so generously supported the people of the Diocese of Bathurst over many years.

You can donate now via BPOINT – Biller Code: 1700384 – Retired Priests Fund here or by scanning the QR code below.

For more information contact:
Phone: 02 6334 6407
Fr Pat Ruane has served the Bathurst Diocese for decades. In his retirement he is one of the priests supported by the generosity of those who give to the Fathers' Day Appeal.