It has been my privilege both to receive services from Opus Bono and to assist in identifying other persons who need the services and connecting those persons to Opus Bono. I think the most important thing I want to affirm is the personal relationship Joe and Pete establish with the the people they serve, and the deep respect they show for them. They get to know the men they help, and the men feel respected and cared for. Many people who come to Opus Bono have lost just about everything, and simply being received and treated with respect is life-affirming and, sometimes, nothing less than life-saving. I am deeply grateful to the Opus Bono family -- to the staff, donors and clients.
Every day priests all over the world sit in the confessional and grant absolution to their people for their sins.
Yet, when it is the priest who falls, or who has even the appearance of falling, he meets so often with little or no forgiveness in return. What a cruel irony.
"But I am a worm, and no man: the reproach of men, and the outcast of the people." (Ps. 22:6)
Thank God for Opus Bono Sacerdotii and their courage to reach out to priests cast out of their rectories, their dioceses, and sadly even at times their very priesthood. Justly or unjustly, guilty or innocent, they are still in need of help, hope, and forgiveness.
It is truly a privilege for me to contribute to the work of this great organization!
"Blessed are you when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all manner of evil against you, untruly, for my sake: Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven. For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you."
God bless you, Joe! Your reward in heaven shall be great indeed.
I heard Joe (Founder) being interviewed on a local catholic station a few years ago. I was very moved by his mission and the stories of the priests they help. Many of the priests have been falsely accused and abandoned. Some suffer from addictions and health problems. When Joe said this was a chance to be Simon of Cyrene, I was hooked. I've been supporting ever since.
Praise, prayer and love to our "forgotten" Priests! Let them know we pray for them daily!
Give what you can!
I have helped three priests -- all eventually proved innocent -- through the emotionally traumatic experience of false accusation. The information from Opus Bono Sacerdotii (not only online and in literature but also through direct communication with the president and staff) provided the kind of guidance needed to help each of the priests both in terms of actions to be taken and in a sense of confidence and security knowing that help, if needed, was just around the corner. Although this particular help turned out not to be necessary, Opus Bono Sacerdotii was willing to assist in unique ways, such as being open to accepting marked donations from those not willing to have their names known locally. Although this direct help turned out not to be needed, knowing that it was available helped tremendously on an emotional level and had a needed calming effect.
I donate, as I can, to Opus Bono Sacerdotii because I personally know the good work they do and the deep need for it.
This charity has been willing to come to the rescue of two groups of people, with whom I am associated, that needed a way to help its priests without going directly through the diocese, which was establishing barriers between parishioners and priests. In one case, the situation was resolved without the need of help. The second is ongoing and help has been needed in getting donations to the right places. The work that the team at Opus Bono Sacerdotii does is God's work. Those served almost never have any other resource, including emotional support. They are saving priests, one at a time, and in a loving, supportive, non-jdugmental way that has no parallel as far as I know anywhere.
Opus Bono is such a generous organization looking after quite a few priests in need after they spend all their life to lead us to the Lord! Now it is our turn to look after them in either a small way or big way for the rest of their life with basic needs beside at least!
One of my favorite charities, this organization exists to help clergy who have fallen on hard times. I have received so much from so many priests, throughout my life, that I cannot imagine NOT helping them in their hour of need. I receive personal thank-you emails and hand-written cards whenever I donate, and I will continue to support this group as long as I am able. I only wish I had more to give.
Such a wonderful organization that fills such an important need in the Church; that of caring for our elderly priests who have given so much -- their whole lives in service to God and His Church. I highly recommend donating to Opus Bono Sacerdotii. God bless the great work they do!
Opus Bono Sacerdotii serves a VERY great need, by taking care of retired priests. Unfortunately, the dioceses often have limited funds to take care of elderly priests and it is beautiful that this organization makes sure that priests who have given their whole lives completely in the service of others will be taken care of, and won't have to worry about being out on the streets.
I heard about this organization about four/five years ago. A retired priest friend stated that OBS helped him pay some bills. I investigated more--found that many priests who were abandoned by their bishops needed ongoing monetary assistance. OBS was praised by Pope Benedict XVI for their care of priests. It appears that only laymen are involved--not clerics who might be judgmental in certain cases. I give from time to time. I also named OBS as a beneficiary after my demise I wish may more priests would contribute what they can from time to time and remember OBS in their will, etc.
I have been donating to Opus Bono Sacerdotii for several years ~ and praying for them has become a daily thing with me...
I am not a Priest, I am a Roman Catholic widow with eight grown children. I have never had direct contact with any who have been abused, neglected, falsely accused, or anything else of this sort (as far as I know) ~ but I am a firm believer in the Will of God for His beloved helpers here on earth. I have always had a soft spot for anyone who is maltreated just because of someone else's "whim"...to falsely accuse a Priest of the Catholic Church is a serious sin, one that Our Lord Himself has warned us against!! And I firmly believe the same goes for those who neglect them, in old age, in infirmity, in any circumstance where they might find themselves in dire straits!! To leave a Priest destitute, hungry, homeless, and especially to deprive him of the ability (or permission) to use the faculties of his office without any proof other than hearsay is a grave injustice.
Therefore, I am giving the Opus Bono Sacerdotii a FIVE STAR review ~ for the work they do, for the help and hope they give to the thousands of Priests who come to them for help, be it monetary, material, spiritual or legal!
I cannot think of a better way to spend my own limited income than to help others who are in any way worse off than I am myself...as Jesus has said, "Blessed are they who give someone so much as a drink of water...."
This organization gives SO much more than one can ever repay, yet they do it without any expectation of repayment; it is only for the good name of our Holy Priests!! And I could wish for nothing more than that.
To God be all the glory!! PEACE.