The St. Joseph Society: Clergy Retirement Fund of the Diocese of Cheyenne was established by Bishop Newell in 1961. It provides assistance to our retired and disabled priests.
Priests typically retire at 70 years old, and bishops at 75. It’s not uncommon for a priest to have worked 40 or 45 years in our diocese by the time he leaves active parish life. When he retires, he must pick up all the expenses of day-to-day life that were once provided by his parish.
The St. Joseph Society provides a retirement income to our priests. Combined with their personal savings and Social Security, it allows our priests to live in a dignified manner when they are no longer active in daily parish ministry.
You can help sustain the St. Joseph Society by making a gift of cash or securities. Or, including the St. Joseph Society in your will can make a tremendous difference in helping the fund grow. You can also make a gift in the form of a Gift Annuity, which creates an income for you that you can’t outlive. For more information about these options, contact Matthew Potter, CFP®, CIMA®, Director of Development and Stewardship for the Diocese of Cheyenne at 307.275.0372, or at email@example.com.
You can donate online! Visit our secure donation page here...
NOTE: Be sure and choose “St. Joseph Society” from the “Designation” dropdown when making your doatnion.
There are several ways you can help our retired priests. You may:
† Donate online, either a one-time gift or a recurring gift. When donating online, be sure to click on "Designation" and choose "St. Joseph Society" from the drop-down menu.
† Send a check or donation to the St. Joseph Society at P.O. Box 1468, Cheyenne, WY 82003-1468.
† Receive information on how to include the St. Joseph Society in your will or estate plan.
† Make a major planned gift.
For more information on planned gifts or how to include the St. Joseph Society in your estate plan or will, contact Matt Potter at 307.275.0372 or firstname.lastname@example.org
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
For generations, God has blessed us with talented men of faith to lead us in love, to nourish us by His word and to renew the Church with His Sacraments. Since the establishment of the Diocese of Cheyenne in 1887, the parish priest has been central to the daily spiritual growth of individual Catholics. We come to know him and share our lives with him. I ask you to prayerfully consider your support for these men, men who have served us faithfully over the years, as they move into retirement. They dedicate their lives to the Church, and in return we must make sure that we help provide for them in such a way that their retirement affords them dignity and affirms the years of service they provided to their parishioners. Your generosity in the past has been remarkable, and we thank you for your support of our retired priests. It is my hope and prayer that you will generously continue your response to our priest’s needs by making a gift to the St. Joseph Society. Finally, please consider including the St. Joseph Society in your will as a final gift of gratitude. I personally thank you for your generous response to this call.
Please keep all the clergy in your prayers, and be assured that you are constantly in ours.
In the Heart of Christ,
Most Reverend Paul Etienne, DD, STL
Bishop of Cheyenne
This prayer to Saint Joseph—spouse of the Virgin Mary, foster father of Jesus, and patron saint of the universal Church—was composed by Pope Leo XIII in his 1889 encyclical, Quamquam Pluries. . . . He asked that it be added to the end of the Rosary, especially during the month of October, which is dedicated to the Rosary. The prayer is enriched with a partial indulgence (Handbook of Indulgences, conc. 19), and may be said after the customary Salve Regina and concluding prayer. It may also be used to conclude other Marian devotions.
To you, O blessed Joseph,
do we come in our tribulation,
and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse,
we confidently invoke your patronage also.
Through that charity which bound you
to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God
and through the paternal love
with which you embraced the Child Jesus,
we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance
which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood,
and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.
O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family,
defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ;
O most loving father, ward off from us
every contagion of error and corrupting influence;
O our most mighty protector, be kind to us
and from heaven assist us in our struggle
with the power of darkness.
As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril,
so now protect God's Holy Church
from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity;
shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection,
so that, supported by your example and your aid,
we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness,
and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven.