Healthier Priests. Stronger Communities.
Welcome to the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust (CHRT). CHRT is an independently managed trust that provides ongoing care and support for the health, well-being, and retirement of 536 active and senior diocesan priests in good standing across greater Boston.
For priests, being a servant of God is a daily calling that extends far beyond the walls of the Church, and impacts the lives of all people - regardless of their race or religion - throughout the entire community.
All across the 144 cities that comprise the Archdiocese of Boston, our priests remain an integral presence at the center of extraordinary causes that enrich the lives of so many. And every day brings powerful new examples:
- Cor Unum: Founded by Father Paul O’Brien, the Cor Unum (“One Heart”) food pantry serves over 250,000 meals annually to poverty-stricken families in Lawrence.
- Pine Street Inn: Co-founded by Fr. Frank Kelley in conjunction with the Association of Boston Urban Priests (ABUP), the Pine Street Inn provides shelter and emergency services for nearly 2,000 homeless men and women in the Boston area every day.
- Rostro De Cristo: Founded by Fr. James Ronin in 1989, Rostro de Cristo (in English, “the face of Christ”) immerses groups of young adults from the United States to be present with those who live in communities on the margins in Ecuador and work alongside them in their homes, schools, after-school programs, parishes, medical clinics and several other community-based projects.
There are virtually countless examples of priests in the Archdiocese of Boston who work so tirelessly and selflessly to make their respective communities a better place to live, all while asking for nothing in return. And all of these examples share an essential common thread: they don’t just enrich the lives of Catholics in the community; they enrich the lives of everyone.
But while our priests are so gracious in administering to the needs of others, it can be very easy to forget that they, too, have needs as individuals, especially as they approach their senior years. And with the age of retirement for priests in the Archdiocese of Boston consistently on the rise due to lack of funding, our elderly priests, who for decades have celebrated our marriages, baptized our children, and blessed our loved ones who have been called home to God, are often (and unfairly) asked to take on the same level of responsibility asked of priests in their 20’s and 30’s.
It’s simple: healthier priests mean stronger communities. Please consider supporting the CHRT, an independent organization that does so much for our incredible priests who do so much for us and our communities.