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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Religion, Roman Catholic

Mission: Opus Bono Sacerdotii (Work for the Good of the Priesthood) was founded in response to many sensitive situations with priests requesting confidential assistance for unique problems. These situations may encompass a whole spectrum of circumstances, however, the success in caring for Catholic priests is understanding the uniqueness of each individual and their particular needs, abilities and desires especially as it effects the extraordinary relationship between the natural and supernatural aspect of the person of the priest. In this context, Opus Bono Sacerdotii works quickly and confidentially to facilitate help for priests experiencing difficulties through a network of confidential experts in various fields that can provide the most appropriate care. Always at the forefront of the mission is Divine Mercy which constrains judgment and prescribes unconditional love and forgiveness in order to truly serve priests and assist them in their desire to grow in holiness.

Results: Since our founding in 2002, we have helped thousands of Catholic priests. We get about 3-5 new priests asking for help every week.

Target demographics: Catholic Priests

Geographic areas served: International

Programs: Counseling, Canon Lawyers, Stipends, Advice, Support

Community Stories

67 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

CarefulCatholic

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Do not donate to this charity. The MI Attorney General's office investigated them and found that the founders stole 1.7 million dollars. The investigation was only for 3 years. I'm sure they've been helping themselves to the donations from the beginning. They were both fired and fined. Neither could offer any proof of the number of priests they actually helped. The President was told to never operate another charity in Michigan but he opened another identical charity, licensed in Indiana, but really operating out of Michigan. This one is called, "Men of Melchizedek". Stay far away from that charity as well.

Donor

Rating: 5

I only support well documented, trustworthy causes. Opus Bono Sacredotii certainly fits the description. Their work is an invaluable testimony to the Catholic church's commitment to the Great Commission, Corporal and Spiritual Acts of Mercy, and the Heart of Jesus.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Opus bono sacredotti is the embodiment of Jesus' exhortation to care for those in need. So many who have experienced the unintended consequences of evil (with or without culpability) and who must endure the remainder of their lives without even the most basic of needs have a refuge and advocate in this most necessary ministry; an exemplery work of corporal and spiritual mercy.

Len G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When some is being being treated unfairly & getting a "raw deal" Opus Bono Sacerdotii is there to help when no one else will.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organization shields pedophile priests and releases them back into the unknowing public so they can continue their sexual perversions. These priests need to go through the justice system just like any other pedophiles/criminals. Please do not support pedophilia by contributing to this bogus organization.

Don't believe me? Google their name and see the filth they support.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This a fake charity serving only its founders and board members. They are under investigation in Michigan for fraud. Please do not donate to these crooks.

pwprince

Donor

Rating: 5

I heard an interview with Joe Maher on the radio. He spoke passionately about the need to help priests who were suffering. These were men who dedicated their lives to serving others and for varied reasons were abandoned in their old age. He spoke of the role of Simon in helping Jesus carry his cross. Opus Bono Sacerdotii helps priests when they are most in need without judging, without conditions. I receive letters requesting donations with credible stories of need and the results of the aid that is given. The organization is run by professionals. I feel a part of the organization when I donate, not just a contact on their list.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Opus Bono is a one of a kind institution performing an exceptionally important task serving our priests.

Donor

Rating: 5

These men are a phenomenon! i have very little to send but they do miracles with what funds they receive. I have run a non-profit organization. It can be difficult to get people really excited about even a great cause. The stories we read of about these priests are amzing and disturbing at how many Ordinaries (Bishops and relious superiors) fail in caring for priests in need. OBS picks up thje slack and many Ordinaries appreciate that because they often do not kniw how best to be of service whereas these men of OBS do. I am honored to be able to share in their great work for exceptionaly hurting priests.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a monthly donor (partner in mission) and have been for around two years. I never tire of getting letters in the mail, or my inbox, from OBS. OBS serves a critical need that most, not even Christians, would think about, serving those who serve us so diligently in the priesthood. OBS never hesitates to ask us to help meet their needs, and they also never cease to thank their supporters, to sign their letters and address you by name. They ask for your intentions and pray for them and they are constantly working miracles and sharing the stories of these miracles with donors. I cannot recommend OBS highly enough. In honor of the Church and all the priests and ministers that have touched me, I am proud to be part of this mission.

Donor

Rating: 5

"Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience". These are the 3 words I have known about priests and nuns since I was a child. That meant, they stripped themselves from the world, led a solitary life, and had to be in perfect obedience. As a child the foundation of my faith was formed by my mother and our family priest. I always marveled at the sacrifice of poverty each priest I met live in. My faith grew through the mass/es I've had the blessing to attend. Forever, I will be grateful to all the priests who have formed my faith.
About 10 years ago, the priest at mass, said, "we were taught how far apart our hands are when we raise them up during mass, but we were never taught how to take care of ourselves to survive in the outside world". I never forgot those words.
When I first heard of Opus Bono, I immediately knew it was time to give back. The more I learned about the works of Opus Bono, the more inspired I have been to be a part of it. A lot of the letters I read from the priests are heartbreaking to say the least. Joe Mayer and his team are my heroes. Thank you for all you do!

Donor

Rating: 5

OBS is an amazing group helping the truly helpless.
No one is more alone than a priest on whom the Church has turned its back. Trained for the ministry and having spent a lifetime in service to the Church it is a terrible thing to know of elderly former or retired priests, often ill or destitute, who are cast into the street while their former diocese acts as if it does not know them.
Opus assists these men with a mercy the institutional Church preaches but does not practice.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had negative experiences with some other Christian organizations. Not with Opus Bono Sacerdotii. I also know of a falsely accused priest who is unjustly in jail at the present time who speaks highly of this group. I trust him. If you are willing to pray for them and spare some money for a donation, you will be doing something very, very good.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have not direct experience of Opus Bono Sacerdotii. I have read reports and have talked with someone who has direct experience. It is my belief that this small organization does
much good despite its small size. It has committed staff and founders. They reach out to Catholic priests without judgement that condemns but with compassion that one finds in our Savior Jesus Christ. I encourage support of this worthy organization. Fr Ron Smith OFM Cap.

Bloomspring

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I strongly believe the Priests deserve better, no matter their circumstances and status. Nowadays, very few men would consider becoming a Catholic Priest. I am sure they all went in in good faith and made huge sacrifices for their vocations...albeit things did not turn out right. And we, as Catholics have the obligation to help (I am a new Catholic baptized about a year ago from the Mormon faith. I think Catholics can learn from the Latter-Day Saints who support their own members of the Church, lay Priests and leaders in good and bad times, ...and no matter how bad and ugly). Opus Bono Sacerdotii is an excellent example of this and better. I will spread your organization's intent on my Facebook and in my parish, St Anthony in Edmonton, Canada. I will make a Novena for the priests.

Advisor

Rating: 5

And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40)

Since 2002, the organization called Opus Bono Sacerdotii—“Work for the Good of the Priesthood”—has been caring for priests who have sinned and committed crimes, and who have been cast out by the bishops and religious superiors who educated and trained them. Opus Bono Sacerdotii was established to welcome these outcasts to help them begin new lives. These men might rightly be called the least of our brothers.

The teaching and example of Pope Francis—with his emphasis on mercy and on caring for outcasts and marginalized people—has given Opus Bono Sacerdotii new insight into the nature and value of its ministry. The work of Opus Bono Sacerdotii can suggest some of the practical implications of the words and example of Pope Francis about mercy, forgiveness, and marginalized people.

Some Catholics may even deny that the Sermon on the Mount applies to fallen priests. Opus Bono Sacerdotii, however, shares the ethos embodied in the slogan “Love Thy Neighbor. No Exceptions.”

I have observed the ministry of Opus Bono Sacerdotii since I did some consulting with them during 2015. It is my own belief that the dioceses and religious communities to which these fallen priests formerly belonged have a clear obligation to help these men start over until they can support themselves. This is part of the call of the Gospel to be merciful, and it’s frankly also a matter of fundamental human decency. Opus Bono Sacerdotii ministers to these former priests whenever their bishops and religious superiors do not—and it deserves financial assistance from men, women, and organizations who have been blessed with the resources to support its work.

Some of the men Opus Bono ministers to represent a worst-case scenario—a perfect test case to see if there are Americans who accept what the Gospel tells us about our call to identify ourselves with God’s all-inclusive mercy and forgiveness.

Sadly, some Christians seem instead to insist on what they see as their personal right to continue judging some of these men. People who identify themselves as Christians—and who find that they want to exclude the men Opus Bono assists—should think and pray about just what our tradition from the Sermon on the Mount to Pope Francis means when it explicitly says “no exceptions.” I submit that there is no room for a spirit of vengeance within the Christian tradition.

I personally hope that bishops and religious superiors—and others with the means to help—will consider making generous donations to Opus Bono Sacerdotii, which is the only organization that helps fallen priests. Whatever their sins, Opus Bono Sacerdotii refuses to allow former priests to become part of what Pope Francis calls our “throw-away culture.”

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Praise, prayer and love to our "forgotten" Priests! Let them know we pray for them daily!
Give what you can!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is a honor to help those priests, who have sacrificed so much to generously minister and serve all people without distinction, and who now themselves have fallen on hard times.

Donor

Rating: 5

Without our priests we would not have OUR BREAD OF LIFE!!! We must first of all pray CONSTANTLY FOR THEM and support organizations dedicated to helping them in their struggles. I believe this organization addresses their every need.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Since 2002, Opus Bono Sacerdotii has been on the front line of the Church's ministry to accused Catholic priests and religious. In addition to assisting those who find their lives disrupted by often decades-old claims against them, OBS has also maintained a valuable database of professional information that has been a monumental service to the Church, to priests, to the news media, and to all involved at every level in this field. OBS staff have been in the very trenches to which Pope Francis has called the entire Church in a ministry to the marginalized. I cannot commend and support OBS enough for its great service of mission and ministry in a very contentious arena of disinformation. The priests of the United States owe a great debt to Opus Bono.

Father Gordon J. MacRae, Editor, http://TheseStoneWalls.com

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

OBS is rendering a service that is unique. The number of priests who have been helped in so many ways is remarkable. It is too bad that there is a perennial shortage of funds to come to those in need.

But funding is not the only form of assistance it offers. There are also various types of counselling assistance that are available.

The service is discreet, rapid, timely, and compassionate.

If OBS didn't exist, it would have to be established!

Francis G. MORRISEY, OMI, Ottawa, Canad

Gina91

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a life-long Roman Catholic. Growing up, priests were always visiting our house, sharing our meals, laughing and joking with my brother and me. It was a beautiful experience. My grandmother, an eminently practical woman, warned us that priests, unless saying Mass or in the confessional, were as human as anyone else. She said that the devil was after them more than anyone else because they had a special place in God's plan for our salvation. That their sins were very grave indeed. We should pray for their protection and always treat them with deference and respect, but to tell her if anything happened that seemed strange.

Along came the "abuse scandals." Satan really loves this. Priests were all under suspicion. Both the guilty and the innocent swept up in an orgy of condemnation. The shepherds were being fed to the wolves.

Opus Bono Sacerdotii (Good Work for Priests) has stepped in to offer help to these abandoned men of God. They bring not only financial assistance, but resources to heal those broken in soul and body. I would that I had unlimited resources to help the continue and expand their mission. I cannot think of a more worthy charity. After all, they give direct aid and comfort to Christ our Redeemer in the form of aiding and comforting Alter Christi (Other Christs)

2 Anne99

Donor

Rating: 5

Opus Bono Sacerdotii truly makes a difference in the lives of our Priests. Our Priests are so important in our lives; they bring us Christ in Eucharist and without them we would be lost. As Christians, we are not to judge. OBS treats our Priests with a great amount of respect and dignity. This organization keeps in close contact with its donors, we are always kept up to date with what is happening and when and where we can be of help. We are able to help our Priests also as men, with sometimes their most basic needs. No person should have to suffer and not be afforded their most basic needs, which includes, for them, being able to celebrate the Mass. None of us are perfect and we will all need help at some point in our lives. Thank God for an organization like this one. In reply to the following questions: We do recurring donations monthly and keep in contact with them usually on a weekly basis by email and face book. They always respond and sometimes send info in the mail as well as facebook.

2 Carl S.

Donor

Rating: 5

OBS is a truly edifying response to the horror of clerical sexual abuse. One often overlooked aspect of the sexual absue scandal that I find particularly disheartening is the way some accused priests are treated by their bishops. OBS helps ensure the accused are given a semblance of due process (helping to separate malicious, vindictive, false or mistaken accusations from true and actual ones, so as to proceed from the truth) and attending to the basic needs (food, shelter, etc.) of those who have no means.

2 prolife4ever

Donor

Rating: 5

For God loved His priests unconditionally and He knew their hearts. And out of compassion for them, a tear fell from His eye. That tear fell in a small town in Michigan and changed into an ocean of His mercy known as Opus Bono Sacredotii. And it became a haven for priests all over who have lost hope.
I pray their ministry continues to grow in God's love through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Opus Bono Sacerdotii has been a refreshing invitation and reminder to look at the priest in need as a person. It is quite easy to judge and label the priest or the Church, to become incensed, irate, to rationalize the situation, to overlook the priest in need and walk away. It is extremely rewarding and joyous to be merciful and to give, to serve, directly or through others, particularly those who serve or served others.

Opus Bono Sacerdotii has been as an inspiration in my journey of life to continue as a companion to a priest in need of friendship, prayers and economic assistance, as after leaving his diocese for fear of his life has not found acceptance by the local diocese. Charities such as Opus Bono Sacerdotii whose members believe, commit to the charity’s purpose and inspire others to serve have my respects and admiration.

1 Sr.AM

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This great charity is a blessing from God in helping priests in need. They display a true love and devotion to the sacred priesthood in each priest and do all they could to carry out this work in action. They are a high example of how people should respect the sacred priesthood in giving the proper help individual priests need. May God bless and reward this work in great abundances in graces and all they need!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know them 'from a distance.' They are known for their service to priests in difficult circumstances. And I'm reminded of that service when I read Pope Francis' interview - http://www.americamagazine.org/pope-interview - where he says: "...God is in every person’s life. God is in everyone’s life. Even if the life of a person has been a disaster, even if it is destroyed by vices, drugs or anything else—God is in this person’s life. You can, you must try to seek God in every human life. Although the life of a person is a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God..."

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I "ran into" the treasurer of Opus Bono Sacedotii in the Summer of 2009, while each of us was on a vacation trip. He gave me his "business" card with the assurance that I could call anytime I might have need of their assistance. Although I was not in need of their help at the time, within a year I was - and they were very polite and willing to help. My need was different from that of most priests who approach them, but no less important to them. I will be forever grateful to them!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One forgets that priests and other religious experience challenges just like you and I and often times at harsher/higher levels.

This group works to assist those who have given their lives to serve the Church and its people a lending hand when they themselves fall and need help in getting back up.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Opus Bono came to the rescue of a Priest friend who was stricken with ALS. From getting a van to take him and his wheelchair to assembling furniture for him, they answered the call when his own family would/could not.

leetavb

Donor

Rating: 4

This charity helps priests who are need due to illness and lack of a job.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am most impressed by Opus Bono Sacerdoti. They remember priests who are in trouble in one way or another. Many retired priests have no family to help them and struggle to meet their needs in our public society. These are often people forgotten by others. God Bless Them for helping those who were always helping us in times of sorrow and need.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a regular donor to the work of Opus Bono Sacerdotii for some years now. I have spent my life seeking to help persons suffering physical and psychological pain in various medical setting. This gives me an opportunity to assist priests and former priests, some appropriately charged with wrongdoing and punished beyond any sense of decency, some completely innocent yet punished none the less, often by those who should be allies and supporters. Those who are on the front lines of this struggle for justice provide me and all of us with an opportunity not otherwise available to be of loving help to these poor tortured souls.

Donor

Rating: 5

The work that Opus Bono performs is an untold story. Almost unique in mission, OBS is run by a small group of committed faithful. They are exceptionally frugal operationally--I've seen their offices in Michigan--and while they don't rank with the big nonprofits, neither do they have their bureaucracy and overhead. No corporate jets or 6 figure salaries here--far more of every dollar given goes to useful purpose.

They have modest means but outsized influence--and the direct blessings of the Holy See. I am honored to give my financial support to Opus Bono. I've never seen a organization quite like it.

- John Cawley

Donor

Rating: 5

Opus Bono Sacerdotii is a non-profit dedicated to the service of the servants of God.
OBS's gift to the Roman Catholic Church, in fact to the world, is helping priests in need.
OBS exists to heal and help as necessary priests who in many cases have nowhere else to turn.
The priests who are restored in their ministry then serve the Church and world once again.

Alexis M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our priests bring us the good news of Jesus Christ. They are there for us at our birth, at our marriage, at the birth of our children, and at our death. How can we give back to them? Opus Bono Sacerdotii makes it possible for me to help a priest who, because he is human, has made mistakes; or, through no fault of his own, has fallen on hard times. The Psalmist says: "How can I repay the Lord for all His goodness to me?" One way is to help His priests who need our help. This organization is made up of volunteers who turn no priest away. It is my favorite charity. I only wish I had much, much more to give for the good work that they do.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am honored to give my financial support to this organization. They see the face of Christ where others see the modern day version of a leper. God bless them, the work they do, and those whom they serve.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a much needed charity in our times. Priests accused of wrong whether guilty or not guilty are cut loose by their orders, their dioceses and left to sink or swim on their own. Lets be reasonable - we all know many of these lawsuits are about money. Also it is a satanic attack against our priests. I'm not saying that some wrong has been done but I personally believe it has been blown way out of proportion.
Opus Bono Sacerdotii reaches out to help the priests in need to the best of their ability giving above and beyond.
Of the various charities out there this is the one which I would choose as a favorite. We are seeing more and more Catholic Charities groups giving to groups who should not be included in our charities such as pro choice, pro contraceptive, etc. I don't think I need to go any further - you all get the picture.
In America the law was always 'you are innocent until proven guilty' but with our beloved priests it your guilty whether you are or not. No one to help them. Many are older and have no insurance for health needs. This is were Opus Bono comes in.....They try to help these men to live, to feel some peace and also to offer them hope.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have seen many organizations that help people but nothing like Opus Bono Saceerdotii, they are probably the most compassionate people I have encountered for their zeal and passion to help those who live under attack and rejection by nature. I love the mission and I am at their disposal, May God help their challenged mission a million fold!
Carlos Espinosa
Jesumaria75@hotmail.com

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Here is a wonderful group of people who help priests who are troubled financially or otherwise. They have the Lord's blessing from the Beatitudes! I pray for then daily and especially pray for the priests who are in need!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is of utmost importance in bringing our Holy Father's vision of God's mercy, concern and empathy for those in greatest suffering. Our falsely accused priests have no one else to turn to. It is the only organization that reaches out to the most hurt and abandoned in our church and society today.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization goes above and beyond to help out priests. Not only do they give financial assistance to priests in need, but they also give them emotional support too. I have benefited from their work by the news and spirituality that they continue to spread through their emails and website. As they encourage priests in their vocation, they encourage the laity, too.

Donor

Rating: 5

Opus Bono Sacerdotii is a unique organization that fills a vital need/role in our Catholic Church by helping its most important members, our priests. Opus Bono discreetly carries out this mission with discretion, joy and passion!!

Donor

Rating: 4

As an active Roman Catholic Priest, I know of some of the men who are cared by Opus Bono Sacradotti.
It is a sad day, when the Church you give your life over to, turns its back in time of trouble; certinaly not what is expected in the promises in the Sacraments of Marriage, "for better or worse." This organization steps in an recognizes the humanity of the man who is hurt and fells abandoned. What OBS represents, is all that Pope Francis is communicating by way of the words of Jesus Christ.

David169

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Many older Catholic priests have no retirement or social security. Some have had their careers ruined unjustly by the media. I have volunteered as a lawyer to help those I can, free of charge. Opus Bono has provided basic needs for these men who have given their lives for others. They do a great work and deserve any support they can get.

Donor

Rating: 5

I passionately believe in the mission of Opus Bono! They are the only organization of this kind in our country and perhaps in the world which is setup specifically to help priests in difficulty. I consider Pete and Joe, the founders to be heroic in the sacrifices they have made to keep this ministry operating under extremely difficult circumstances. I can personally testify that they aren't profiting themselves or wasting money on infrastructure in running this ministry. They have put no limits on their availability to serve the Church by helping priests. They are truly fulfilling the task which Pope Francis says is the primary one of the Church: being merciful in every way. We cannot afford to do without this ministry even if the confidentiality integral to their work keeps them hidden.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There are plenty of non-profits who have competition, all doing great work in their specific field of help. However, OPUS BONO SACERDOTII, has NO competition, (that I'm aware of), or at least note that does the work that they do, to the extent that they do it! And although they have no competition, they still put great effort in helping the people (Priests) that they serve. I have worked with Joe Maher personally, and we have much in common in our desire to serve the Church and Her Priests. Joe and I have spoken many times, about should there come a time in my current ministry where I will need to 'move on', it is to OPUS BONO that I shall go, and serve because I believe in what they do, helping our Priests!

Doming L.

Donor

Rating: 5

I saw this plea of a retired priest who had a broken car and could not get anywhere. The repairs would amount to an easy grand and the poor Father is living on very humble means. There was no way he could afford the repairs.

Then entered Opus Bono Sacerdoti to the rescue.

While we see a lot of support for just anything ----- canine rescue, endangered toad, etc., there is really not much help to aging priests who have given their entire lives in service of others. I am just thankful that there is such an organization which took the initiative to help a silent sector of the society that needs help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello, I am a 38 year Religious Educator ----8 of the years in the Catholic School system------The plight of our Catholic faith concerning the Priesthood is one we should all be concerned with. While our Priest are Human they still have taken a vow and have been called to be a representative of Christ. The balance of our faith hangs on the gift of our Parish Priest. I applaud Opus Bono Sacerdotii for all of their endeavors from providing the needs of numerous Priest to helping others to understand the plight of the Priest -to encouraging an increase in our personal Faith.
Thank you ----Your Sister in Christ

2 Elizabeth111

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for the dedication, charity and hard work that all of the Opus Bono members demonstrate daily. I believe that this organization is very helpful and necessary to many priests in need.

2 Patrick31

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization that helps priests in need!! They really demonstrate what charity is really all about.

4 Stephen17

Donor

Rating: 5

There are a number of non-profits I support; this is the only organization, when once I referred a priest to them for assistance, actually responded by calling me personally to say that they would help however they could if the priest himself called them. I forwarded the message to that priest, he did call, and was assisted at a very trying time of his life. Rarely does a non-profit take the time and the trouble to track down a donor's work phone number to call about a request for help. I have not stopped supporting Opus Bobo Sacerdotii since, and encourage others to support them also.

3 Mary186

Donor

Rating: 5

Every priest dedicates himself - his entire life - to serving the Church. But what happens after accusations (even false ones)? The priest is cut off. He needs financial, emotional, and spiritual support in order to find his footing again. Very often, it can take YEARS before a priest is acquitted and able to return to his ministry. The current climate of zero tolerance, designed to protect children, has sometimes been at the expense of priests who are eventually proven innocent. Opus Bono gives them the necessary support to get through such trying times. And even those who have fallen: they are still human beings, and need a roof over their heads, counseling, and support. We cannot abandon our priests when they needs us. God bless them!

3 Mary-Anne D.

Donor

Rating: 5

The staff at Opus Bono Sacerdotii lives out their faith everyday by helping priests in need. They truly understand the concept of helping and serving others. They live out the Lord's Prayer: "forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." May God continue to bless their work. We are fortunate to be able to participate through donating our time, talent or treasure.

3 Karen179

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a group that is so needed in society today. we have a plethora of priests who are in trouble as well as priests who have been falsely accused of sexual abuse. Opus Bono Sacerdotii is a godsend for these priests, supporting them, helping them with legal issues, visting them in prison, helping them to get jobs and helping to clear the names of the wrongly accuse. I highly recommend this organization.