The Corporation for the Relief of Widows, Widowers
and Children of Clergy of the
Protestant Episcopal Church In the State of New Jersey
If you have questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact Canon Constance White at email@example.com or at the Diocese at 609-394-5281, extension 37.
While the Corporation for the Relief of Widows, Widowers and Children of the Clergy (CWWC) of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State Of New Jersey has existed for more than two centuries, it has been some time since the program has been widely publicized in the Diocese of New Jersey. The Diocese has added information on the CWWC to its website, including the application to become a member/contributor and we are working to share this information widely. The following questions and answers address the most common inquiries about the Corporation. Attached is the application to become a contributor. If you have questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact Canon Constance White at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the Diocese at 609-394-5281, extension 37.
What is its purpose?
The Corporation was established as a New Jersey Corporation in 1807 to provide financial assistance to widows, widowers and children upon the death of the clergy of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of New Jersey. Domestic partner participation was added in 1997.
Who may participate?
Any clergy – presbyters and deacons – of the church (not over 55 years of age at the time of application) who have been for a period of not less than one year canonically, and actually resident, within the State of New Jersey may become contributors. Membership continues even if the contributor moves out of state, as long as the first three years of membership occur within the State of New Jersey.
What is the annual cost to contributors?
The annual contribution is $20. There are provisions for penalties and defaults on contributions, as well as moving from the state and retiring from active ministry.
What are the benefits?
A surviving spouse/domestic partner/civil union partner receives an annual annuity of $120 for life, with additional payments of $60 each for minor children to the age of 21. In addition, the surplus income of the Fund is divided among the beneficiaries of deceased contributors. Thus, in 2016, the total payment per beneficiary was $120 (required payment) plus $892 (surplus distribution) for a total distribution of $1,012.
The application form is available here. Complete the application and mail it to Corporation for the Relief of Widows, Widowers, and Children, c/o Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, 808 West State Street, Trenton, New Jersey 08618-5326.