Welcome to the web pages of St Thomas of Canterbury’s Clergy Support Fund Campaign (CSFC).
Supporting the retired and sick priests of our diocese
What’s this about?
The Diocese maintains a duty of care towards its priests and has always provided for sick and retired clergy. For example, in the past, retired priests were often cared for by religious orders in return for chaplaincy services, the number of such orders in this part of the world has now declined to the extent that this form of arrangement is now rarely available. You may know that your priest will normally retire from full-time parish ministry when he reaches 75 years of age, however, many continue to work in some form of ministry.
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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 limited recreation and travel.
How many priests are involved?
There are currently 69 retired priests in our Diocese and this number is expected to increase to around 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 (the table below shows summary estimates).
Archbishop Peter Smith has therefore identified the need to ensure the continued support of sick and retired priests as a major priority for our Diocese. Led by the laity, this deeply human campaign has been unfolding over the last 12 months and will continue to raise funds over the coming three years.
Summary of costs, income and shortfall over five years
|Estimated number of retired priests||70||93|
|Cumulative shortfall over 5 years||4,505,000|
What is the latest position?
The generous support of parish teams in Southwark has helped the Clergy Support Fund Campaign reach £2,000,000 in funds raised and pledged across the Diocese, with the exact figure standing at £2,020,302.
A significant number of parishes are undertaking various phases of the Campaign in the next two months and it is hoped that, with sustained effort, we may be able to reach the half-way mark of £2,252,500 before breaking for the Summer holidays in mid-July.
Just over half of the 180 parishes in Southwark have delivered their Formal Presentations and the completion of all four phases in each parish will help us to reach our overall target of £4,505,000 in due course.
St Thomas of Canterbury Parish CSCF Contacts: via the Parish Office email: email@example.com
The following parishioners have been involved in the initial fundraising for the CSCF but everyone is welcome to participate with ideas and contributions of continuing to fund raise for this very important cause.
Chris Bull Tessa Metcalfe Tony Loughran
Tony Welch Michael Roberts Catherine Grogan
If you have any queries please do not to hesitate to ask your CSFG representative.