Thank you for visiting our website. Support Our Aging Religious, Inc. (SOAR!) was created by a group of concerned lay people in 1986 to help address the needs of retired religious.

Sr. Rebecca Aelker. 60th Jubilee _ Sisters of St Francis Tiffin OH

Through the generosity of its donors, SOAR! has assisted Catholic religious congregations of Sisters, Brothers and Priests in the United States care for their aging and infirm members.  Since 1986, over 1,000 grants totaling over $15 million have been awarded to over 400 congregations in 43 states and Puerto Rico.


These grants help congregations better care for their aging and infirm members. Donations help  fund practical needs such as:

  • renovations to provide handicapped accessibility;
  • hospital beds;
  • installation of nurse call systems, fire alarms, and wander guard systems;
  • accessible vans


These grants ensure the personal security and safety of many elderly and infirm religious. The generosity of SOAR!’s donors also means that many women and men religious who have dedicated their lives to nurturing bodies, minds, and souls, are able to remain with their communities.  In addition, the grants help the congregations devote more of their other resources and time to continue their active ministries.

Charitable donations are vital to SOAR!’s work, and we continue to be blessed by generous donors. There are a number of ways to give — large and small. Please take a moment to explore our web site and learn more about our work. Follow the links to grant awards, newsletters, or Donate Today. Our secure credit card area is easy to use and helps to reduce fundraising costs. Through our direct mail campaign you will learn about specific grants. For other gift suggestions please visit our Ways of Giving page. When you invest in SOAR!, you unite with so many others who care about the needs of aged and infirm women and men religious. You maximize the resources designated for grants.

You lift grateful hearts and inspire religious congregations in need with hope and peace. The special intentions of our benefactors are remembered by our grant recipients every day.  I also hold our benefactors and their special intentions in my daily prayers.
Thank you again for your interest in Support Our Aging Religious. God bless you.

Sister Kathleen Lunsmann, IHM