December traditionally brings the collection for the National Religious Retirement Fund to parishes throughout the United States. The SNDs are deeply grateful for this support and for all of our donors making direct donations to our retirement fund for our senior members. This year, we are proud to have Sr. Mary Ann Hanson from the California province featured on the publicity poster for this collection–shown in the foreground on the right. Why is this appeal so important? The average annual Social Security benefit for a religious is $6,116, while the average U.S. beneficiary receives $16,321. Donations help to bridge this gap and provide essential services, including dental, vision and hearing care. Be assured of the prayerful good wishes of the senior SNDs.