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August 10, 2018

You can help 50 men become missionary priests & share God's love with a hurting world today

St. Jean Vianney, patron saint of parish priests, once said, “The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus.”

Since 2014 you've helped seminarians meet their needs. Keep the legacy going with a new gift today.You have a vital role to play in helping souls encounter this love of Jesus. We all do. One of the ways you can do that is through a program we are so excited about: our brand new Seminarian Support program!

Since 2014, Catholic World Mission has helped seminarians—all because of the irreplaceable generosity of friends like you. What started as a gift of bicycles to young novices for the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales in India is now expanding around the world to other religious orders and rural dioceses! You can help raise up the next generation of missionary priests, and through them, bring God’s love to remote corners of the world for years and decades to come!

The harvest is abundant…

You can help Sambha as he studies for the priesthood in Bangladesh.Men like Sambha desire nothing more than to become a Catholic priest.

He and another sibling (he has nine brothers and sisters!), converted from his family’s tribal religion to Catholicism. But when he told his family he wanted to be a priest, his father told him they couldn’t support him.You can help Ravindu as he studies for the priesthood in Sri Lanka

Or Deacon Yakubu, whose happiest moments as a seminarian have been "when I find myself in the areas of primary evangelization" (when he gets to tell people about Jesus for the first time). "They remind me of how much somebody sacrificed for me to be what I am today; and this always motivates me to be a missionary priest."

Or Benwen, who graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, worked for many years in corporate Dubai, and after long feeling a deep sense of empty restlessness, finally said "yes" to God's call to the priesthood. 

Help men become missionary priests and bring God's love to the world!All over the world, these brave and generous men are responding with a bold YES to God’s call to be His shepherds, despite the dangers. Despite the difficulties. Despite the pushback from family, friends, or neighbors.

Will you boldly say yes with them and help them reach the priesthood?Benwen, from India, felt called to the priesthood after working for years in the corporate world

Here’s how you can help seminarians…

It costs about $2,000 USD per year for a seminarian’s formation. Half of that amount is funded by Catholic World Mission and generous friends like you. The other half is paid by the diocese or religious order.

Each of these dioceses and religious orders is doing as much as they can for their seminarians. But they need your help to keep going.

Please prayerfully consider giving as much as you can. Even a little goes a long way:

  • $1,000 pays for an entire year of a seminarian's formation 
  • $500 pays for six months of formation
  • $250 pays for three months
  • $85 pays for one month of priestly formation

When it comes to the seminarians you can help support, no matter his story or circumstances, he is doing something incredibly brave and incredibly generous. Will you back him up?

Some of these men come from extremely supportive families, and some don’t. But one thing is true for all of them: they have given their lives to God so they can be trained, prepared, and sent on mission to bring God’s love and the sacraments to people in need all over the world.

Give now to support seminarians answer God's call in their lives!Your gift today will send the message loud and clear: I am with you. I support you. You are not alone!

Remember: even if you can't afford to give $1,000 at one time, if you commit to give $85 per month, you will still do the same amount of good!

Here's where it gets really exciting...

We're working to help 50 seminarians. Courageous young men like Sambha, Yakubu, and Benwen. 

The good news is we have commitments for seven new seminarians, from other generous donors like you, but we still need help to fund the remaining 43. Can you imagine? Just think of the power of 50 more missionary priests trained up and sent out to serve those in need around the world, including here in the US!

Society of African Missions (SMA) is one of the orders whose seminarians you can help today! Seminarians from the Legionaries of Christ, another men's missionary religious order you can support through this program - today! 


Because we believe strongly in priestly vocations, we’re also including a special novena as part of this campaign!

Click here to access the free download of the novena prayers we will say for you, your intentions, and our seminarians As you give to this important work, please join your prayers to ours in a special novena to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, October 7 through 15. We’ll pray for Our Lady to watch over Sambha, Yakubu, Benwen and other seminarians. We’ll pray, too, for our supporters (you!), your intentions, and your loved ones. Simply include your prayer intentions in the comment section of the donate form when you give to this project!

Click the image of Mary to access a FREE download of the novena we'll pray for you, your intentions, and our seminarians October 7-15!


$1,000 pays for an entire year of a seminarian's formation 
$500 pays for six months of formation
$250 pays for three months
$85 pays for one month of priestly formation

Monthly gifts in any amount are the best way to make the biggest and longest lasting impact!

Give now to help Benwen, Donbok, Sambha and others!

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Learn more about our Seminarian Support Program here.