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Bishop Gerard County CSSp of Kingstown has observed that the “sudden illness” of two priests—Msgr George Bardowell and Fr Andrew Roache has awakened the diocese’s attention to the fact that there is no structure in place for the care of priests, especially for sick and retired diocesan priests.

“There is no retirement home and no retirement financial investment fund,” the bishop said in a letter to the faithful, January 18. In the letter, Bishop County proposed the ‘I Care’ project—an initiative of the members of the Cathedral Parish Pastoral Council aimed at supporting priests. He noted this venture would require the support of all Catholics through “pledges” to the fund.

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