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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..."