The mission of SOAR! is to:

  • raise and provide funds for congregations to meet immediate needs of their retired and infirm members;
  • educate the public about the serious retirement needs confronting elderly religious; and
  • develop a national network of concerned individuals who wish to respond to this need.

The mission of SOAR! brings together people from all religious denominations whose lives have been touched by the unparalleled contributions of Catholic Sisters, Brothers and Priests.

While congregations strive to care for their elderly and infirm members, their needs are critical. At the end of 2013, 68% of the religious in the United States were 70 or older. By 2024, it is projected that a full three-quarters will be 75 or older.

Through the generosity of its donors, SOAR! supports the efforts of the institutional Church by distributing grants to congregations across the United States. These grants help ensure the safety, comfort and dignity of our aging religious.

SOAR! is recognized in The Official Catholic Directory and is a Guidestar Platinum Participant.

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You can also read more about the difference between SOAR! and the Retirement Fund for Religious here.