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Many elderly priests who have given their lives in service to the faithful of the archdiocese of Philadelphia now have health issues, physical disabilities and need care and support. There are currently 158 retired priests within the archdiocese.

Villa St. Joseph
Giving Hope to Retired Priests

“I have been living at Villa St. Joseph for a few months and it is like coming back home again. All the Philadelphia priests know one another, and we go way back because our paths have crossed many times in our ministry. We were young together in the seminary with all these common memories, so it’s like a family. Everything about the Villa is so well done. It is a nice place to live for priests who are getting older. You can never fully retire as a priest; you are a priest forever. I am always looking for ways I can volunteer and help in the community and at local parishes. Most of the support for the Villa comes directly from the Catholic Charities Appeal. As Catholics we should try to give back to help others. Please know that the retired priests of Villa St. Joseph are humbly grateful.”

– Father Richard Williams

Many elderly priests who have given their lives in service to the faithful of the archdiocese of Philadelphia now have health issues, physical disabilities and need care and support. There are currently 158 retired priests within the archdiocese.

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