The Catholics of the St. Louis Archdiocese have more reason than most to be generous to the annual collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious on the weekend of Nov. 5-6.
Our archdiocese includes 79 religious communties — 26 orders of men and 53 orders of women. By contrast, in the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kan., there are five communities for women religious and one for men.
More than 1,700 consecrated women and men religious call the St. Louis Archdiocese home. Of those, about half are more than 70 years old, according to the archdiocesan Office of Consecrated Life.
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