2018 Annual Report

Thank you for supporting the 2018 Catholic Charities Appeal. Your generosity fed the hungry, gave shelter to the homeless and comforted the afflicted. Your kindness was truly a celebration of 60 Years of Giving Hope to All.

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Many elderly priests who have given their lives in service to the faithful of the archdiocese of philadelphia now have health issues, physical disabilities and are in need of care and support. There are currently 163 retired priests within the archdiocese.

Villa St. Joseph

I’ve been at Villa St. Joseph for almost two years. I came here after I had a heart attack in the rectory and I happened to be alone that night. In the midst of the heart attack, I fell and broke my back. That set off a long series of surgeries and recovery. I needed a safe place to recover from these serious injuries and found myself here at the Villa.

There are about 50 priests here, of many years of experience, from many diverse ministries, and that has been very enriching to me. Some of them I knew as friends in the seminary, and some I’ve made as new friends. I’ve come to feel it’s a true community and my real home now.

The care here is tremendous. Without the Villa, I would have been hard-pressed to find a place that would provide an atmosphere of secure care, physical care and the spiritual element of prayer that a priest is accustomed to – Mass every day, liturgy of the hours and a chapel for visiting.

All of my life, especially in key periods of a priests’, I’ve worked closely with the Catholic Charities Appeal on the giving end of their services. I never realized I’d be on the other end of that equation; I never realized that people would be taking care of me. We are directly taken care of by the good people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and that’s a humbling feeling, but also spiritually enriching. Because we realize that people we have preached to are now practicing the charity that we encouraged, it’s come full circle. We’re full of gratitude for the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Father Gerald Ronan, resident
Villa St. Joseph

Many elderly priests who have given their lives in service to the faithful of the archdiocese of philadelphia now have health issues, physical disabilities and are in need of care and support. There are currently 163 retired priests within the archdiocese.

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