2020_010_A
Support the Café
Search our site

Church Pension Fund turns 100

Church Pension Fund turns 100

March 1st marks a centennial of service from The Church Pension Group (CPG), a financial services organization that serves the Episcopal Church.

 

“A hundred years ago Bishop William Lawrence had an audacious vision of creating a pension fund that would enable clergy who spent their lives in service to the Episcopal Church to retire in dignity,” said Mary Kate Wold, CEO and President of CPG. “Today we still adhere to his vision and have paid out more than $5.5 billion in benefits over the past century. What began as a pension benefit for retiring clergy has expanded to include a full range of benefits and other products for clergy and lay employees of the Church.”

 

“As we look to our next century of service, we are committed to maintaining our financial strength, upholding our fiduciary responsibilities, and living out our purpose,” Ms. Wold added. “We will continue to seek to understand the challenges and lives of those whom we serve so we can be ready to respond to evolving needs in the years ahead.”

 

As part of this historic occasion, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Memphis, Tennessee Mayor Jim Strickland, and the Select Board of the Town of Bennington, Vermont, where CPG has offices, are declaring March 1, 2017, “The Church Pension Group Centennial Anniversary Day.” In addition, a tree will be planted in the Bishop’s Garden at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, where legislation to create The Church Pension Fund was passed by an act of General Convention in 1913. CPG employees will also participate in a Day of Service to support the Kids In Need Foundation, an organization that provides free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, will preside over a celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Church of the Incarnation later in 2017.

 

Ms. Wold concluded, “We are blessed to have learned from and to stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. We are imbued with the same commitment and values shared by Bishop Lawrence a century ago and remain ever passionate about our purpose, which is serving the employee benefits needs of the Episcopal Church.”

0 0 vote
Article Rating
Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinmail

Café Comments?

Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted.

1 Comment
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Jay Croft

Glad to have this bit of history.

Wish that the Board of Trustees would take a cue from AARP, which is pushing Congress to recognize the special costs of aging.

Expenses are different when one is retired. Right now the CPG simply goes lockstep with whatever SS decides is our lot for the next year.

This year my net monthly pension is actually lower than last year’s.

When my wife and I were ready to retire and move, we looked into a large retirement complex. We were told that the fees, etc would increase approximately 3% yearly. Since our income doesn’t increase that much, we backed out.

Facebooktwitterrss
Support the Café
Past Posts

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café