Clergy Support Fund Campaign

A priest will normally retire from full time parish ministry when he reaches 75 years of age. Many continue to work in some form of ministry. When a priest resigns from his parish ministry or a full time ecclesiastical appointment, the Diocesan Finance Office establishes his likely income and needs on an individual basis and ensures he has sufficient financial resources to afford the necessities of life, live in properly heated and adequately maintained accommodation and can pay for some recreation and travel. 

In 2014 there were 69 retired priests in our Diocese and this number is expected to increase to about 93 by 2018. The costs of supporting them are currently met by the Diocese, partly through an annual contribution from each parish, but the increase in numbers will create more pressure on these costs. A summary of the costs, income and shortfall over five years is given below. 

Archbishop Peter Smith has therefore identified the need to continue to support sick and retired priests as a major priority for our Diocese.

Sick and retired diocesan priests - Summary of income and costs:




Estimated number of retired priests 



Estimated Income 



Estimated Expenditure 






Cumulative shortfall over 5 years 


Archbishop Peter Smith would like every Catholic in the Diocese to have an opportunity to lend their support to this fundraising campaign to raise £4.5m over the next four years.

As we have made several commitments to provide our financial support to other fundraising events in aid of our Parish Building Fund until the end of this year, it has been decided to defer giving out more detailed information about the Clergy Support Fund until Jan 2016, however if you wish to find out more now, please click here.

Please look at all forthcoming newsletters from January 2016 onward as several announcements will be made regarding the launch of the Campaign in our Parish.