Fully Fund the Priest Pension Plan
Thirty-five priests are expected to retire in the next 10 years. This represents 25 percent of all active priests in the archdiocese. The Priest Pension Plan helps provide a dignified retirement for our priests who have spent their lives in service to God. Funds from the campaign will ensure we meet our ongoing obligation to our 41 retired priests as well as future retiring priests.
$5,180,855 Distributed to Date
Archbishop Lucas challenged our priests to give the first $1 million, and they more than answered the call! Archdiocesan priests have committed more than $1 million for the support of our retired priests. Fr. Michael Grewe, chairman of the Clergy Committee said the commitment of our priests was gratifying. "Our priests' resounding support for their fellow brothers has been a huge morale boost for retired as well as active priests," said Fr. Grewe. "It's a reminder that we are a family and we support each other emotionally and spiritually."
Encourage Priestly Vocations Through The Seminary Fund
The Seminary Fund fuels the archdiocese's efforts to attract vocations to the priestly and religious life. Funds from the campaign will be used to expand the reach of our vocations office and cover the $30,000 annual cost of educating and forming our future priests.
$1,000,000 Distributed to Date
There are currently 27 seminarians in the Archdiocese of Omaha. Ignite the Faith funds will support their ongoing formation and will help encourage others to consider a priestly vocation.