Build Our Grants Fund

We need your help. 

Across the county, religious communities are reaching out to SOAR! ― and to you ― for grants to assist with the care of their aging Sisters, Brothers and Priests.

SOAR! grants improve the safety and care of our beloved elderly women and men religious. Together with SOAR!, you make it possible for aging religious to remain safely at home with their loving communities and in familiar surroundings.

Your support is essential as we prepare to meet with the grants review committee in April. Your gift today will mean we will be able to answer more requests. Your gift will be a blessing as religious communities continue to care faithfully for their aging and infirm members.

In 2016, SOAR! awarded grants to 52 Catholic religious congregations of men and women in 17 states; they benefited 2,770 men and women religious whose average age is 78. Read some of their stories below.

Thank you for your prayers and all you do to ensure the safety, comfort and dignity of aging Catholic religious in the United States!

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Your gift helps

Sr. Joan Kettler, SSND

The School Sisters of Notre Dame received a grant for whirlpool tubs. The tubs improve Sister Joan’s circulation  and help her deal with Parkinson’s disease. …

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Br. Gus Parlavechio, C.P.

The Congregation of the Passion received a grant to purchase scooters which allow their Priests and Brothers — including Brother Gus — to continue to be active in ministry. …

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Sr. Patrocinio Gonzalez, O.C.D.

The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles received a grant to purchase hi-low beds to increase the safety of elderly Sisters such as Sister Patrocinio. …

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Religious say “thank you”!

Saint Joseph's Society of the Sacred Heart
As the former Superior General of the Josephites, I am now retired to St. Joseph Manor, Baltimore. I suffer with ailing health problems, unable to get around like the old days. Thank SOAR! for the new modern updated bed. It is so much easier now that all the control switches work.  
Very Rev. John L. Filleppelli, S.S.J.  Baltimore, Maryland
Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement, Graymoor
The SOAR! funds always make difference in the lives of our elder Sisters! Our goal in providing a home-health-care model is to allow our Sisters to maintain as much independence as possible. Having the ability to upgrade various pieces of equipment and provide the ongoing necessary supplies to meet the needs of our Sisters is integral to the appropriate operations of our Lurana Health Care Residence, so you can be assured that these funds have been put to good use. Our Sisters are extremely grateful! 
Sister Mary Pat Galvin, SAMinister General Garrison, New York
Benedictine Sisters of Chicago
Through your generosity our elder Sisters, who find it difficult to share in community activities, can now safely maneuver through life’s necessities with dignity and comfort.  
Sister Judith Murphy, OSBPrioressChicago, Illinois
Bernardine Fransiscan Sisters
These Sisters have spent a lifetime caring for the less fortunate and now must rely on the generosity of others for their support. God bless you for your support and know that we will keep you and your benefactors in our prayers.    
Sister Maria Bartos, OSFDirector of Development and Mission AdvancementReading, Pennsylvania
School Sisters of St. Francis
As our Sisters have spent their working lives advocating for the care, dignity and worth of all people, we feel it is our turn to show them the same care and respect in their retirement years. Your grant has allowed us to do this. … SOAR! has been such a faithful partner over the years as we work to care for our aging Sisters. You have made our Sisters’ safety and comfort possible, and for that we are extremely grateful. Please know that you and everyone at SOAR! are remembered in the prayers of our Sisters around the world.
Sister Carol Rigali, SSSF and Sister Pamela Mueller, SSSFUS Provincial Coordinator and Director of Mission Advancement Milwaulkee, Wisconsin
Sisters of Saint Joseph of Brentwood
We are most grateful to you and to SOAR! for enabling us to provide better and safer care for our Sisters. This new grant has brought great delight and happiness to our Sisters and those who care for them. You can be assured that many prayers of thanksgiving will be offered for you and the SOAR! donors for the source of pleasure this grant has brought to our residents and staff of Saint Joseph’s Convent.
James RennertDirector of Mission AdvancementBrentwood, New York
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