The following is the text of the appeal made by Sr. Mary at the close of liturgies on December 7-8, 2013
Every Advent since 1988 in parishes across these United States the Church has had a special collection for the retirement needs of women and men religious. This collection has been well received by parishioners. On behalf of religious everywhere I need to publically thank you for the many, many ways you support us. Your generosity is outstanding.
Let me state the problem: religious institutions do not have the savings or sources of income necessary to support the growing costs of retirement and elder care. In 2012 alone, the annual cost of care for senior religious exceeded $1.1 billion. Clearly, this collection cannot eradicate the need but it can certainly help to alleviate it.