Support the Formation of Seminarians
Support the Formation of Seminarians
What is the Catholic Priesthood?
In Matthew 9:36 we hear that Jesus looked with pity on the crowd because they were like sheep without a shepherd. He was sad to see so many people in his day that had no one to teach them about the love of God. That problem has never fully gone away, but the priesthood is God’s gift of shepherds for his people today.
For so many people, the priestly shepherd is the living example of God’s love in their lives. He is with them to baptize their children, watches those same children grow and form their own families, even with them in death as a loving and consoling presence, and through joys and sorrows as the good shepherd who walks with them on their journey toward God, also a reminder that there is more to life than our basic material needs. The priest is the regular, humble witness to the truth that only God will make us fully happy.
the Program Do?
The CWM Seminarian Support program focuses in a special way on missionary priests, men who work as God’s priestly shepherds in remote territories, places where people may have never heard of Jesus, or places where poverty and hopelessness are extreme. These seminarians, once they are ordained as priests, will be sent all over the world to proclaim the love of God and serve those in great need.
the Program Support?
When you support seminarians and priests, you are joining–in a very real, powerful way–in the work of Jesus to bring His love to the world through His priests.
When you support these seminarians and priests in particular, you are sending a spark of hope directly to the parts of the world that need it most.
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Diocese of Wiawso
Diocese of Jowai
The Diocese of Jowai is still a very young diocese, but already the harvest is plentiful. The diocese has 31 seminarians, including two deacons, in formation. These men study at seven seminaries operated by other dioceses until Jowai has enough resources to have its own seminary. Most of these seminarians come from very poor families. Here are three of their stories.
Diocese of Sindhudurg
The Diocese of Sindhudurg is a missionary, poor, rural diocese in southwestern India. The total population of the diocese is 5,365,706 with 29,794 Catholics. While the Diocese of Sinhudurg is fairly young–it was formally erected on July 5, 2005–great fruit is already being borne here. 11 men are currently in formation for the priesthood, and 28 are ordained priests.
Meet Some of the Seminarians of the Diocese of Sindhudurg:
Diocese of Kurunegala
The Diocese of Kurunegala, Sri Lanka, currently has 12 seminarians in various stages of formation. Each of these young men comes from a poor family, but each one’s faith and desire to become a priest is truly an inspiration.
We’ve worked with the Diocese of Kurunegala since 2017, and we’ve worked closely with Bishop Harold Perera on several projects. We first met Bishop Perera when he visited Atlanta last fall. He has a true love for God, a strong devotion to the Eucharist, and cares for the people of his diocese with a truly pastoral heart.
As education costs increase across the board, the Diocese of Kurunegala must absorb greater expenses to educate its seminarians.
Deacon Rick Medina (left), CWM executive director, and Bishop Harold Perera (right), August 2017.
“We are truly blessed to be able to educate our seminarians, but with this blessing comes tremendous responsibilities. We are turning to you, trusting you to help us train up our seminarians, so that they can become priests and serve the suffering people in our country.” – Bishop Perera
Meet Some of the Seminarians of the Diocese of Kurunegala:
Congregation of the Holy Spirit at the Manila Theological House
The Manila Theological House in the Philippines is home to brothers a part of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit who desires to spread God’s love and strengthen the Church’s presence in Asia.
The house currently hosts nineteen brothers who strive to serve the Church by creating bridges between people and provide for material and spiritual care.
Your generosity will go directly toward adding bathrooms in the seminarians’ dormitories. These young men’s families support their formation as much as they can, but they simply do not have the money to cover major costs like these.
Currently there are 2600 members in The Congregation of the Holy Spirit and work in 60 countries all over the world.
We have the opportunity to give nineteen brothers dignified living spaces in the Manilla Theological House.
Society of Africa
Society of African Missions (known as “SMA” because of their Latin name, Societas Missionum ad Afros) was founded in 1856 by Bishop Melchior de Marion Bresillac.
Vocations are booming for SMA fathers, with more than 300 seminarians at various levels of formation at five campuses in Nigeria, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Zambia, and Benin Republic. After being ordained, these men will be missionaries throughout Africa. There are already 109 SMA priests in Africa.
With so many young men in formation, the SMA fathers have great difficulty supporting them. The seminarians come from poor countries and poor communities that can offer very little financial support.
As Fr. Frank McGrath, SMA, told us, “The harvest is great, laborers are willing, but their formation is suffering for want of funds.” YOU can help today!
Meet some of the SMA seminarians below:
St. Francis de Sales
The Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales live humbly while studying the priesthood. These men studied for years without proper electricity, would walk miles to share their studies and evangelizing in the Archdiocese of Goa & Daman, and hand-pick rice for their meals.
Now thanks to your help things are a little easier there.
Since 2014, you’ve helped the MSFS seminarians by bringing electricity so they could continue their studies at night. You bought bicycles so they could reach more people in the archdiocese. And thanks be to God, you gave them a tractor!
Click here to learn more about the MSFS brothers.
Our commitment to seminarians through financial aid and other assistance started in 2014 when, through your generosity, we were able to help the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales in Bastora, India. You’ve made it possible for the MSFS novices remodel parts of their campus, buy bicycles for transportation to and from class and ministry outreach, buy a generator for electricity so they can study at night, and you’ve even helped them buy a tractor so they can more easily harvest crops for food and profit. Click here to learn more about all the ways you’ve helped MSFS. Enjoy the photos below!
Legionaries of Christ
Founded in 1941, the Legionaries of Christ now has 961 priests worldwide and 617 seminarians. A Legionary studies and trains for 13 years before he is ordained to the priesthood. Legionaries are sent as missionary priests to serve in many countries, including Canada, the United States, Mexico, El Salvador, Poland, Italy, Israel, South Korea, Ireland, and the Philippines, among others. Their charism is to form Catholic leader-apostles who will in turn transform culture. Meet three Legionaries, all in different stages of formation.
Little Way Messangers
Another order you’ve helped is the Little Way Messengers, also of India. Their founder, Fr. Balappa Selvaraj, has an incredible story. Click here to read it and learn more about how you’ve helped Little Way Messengers!
A Car for Retired Priests in Cancun!
The Anahuac Community of Retired Priests in Cancun, Mexico has been blessed with a car for transportation thanks to your selfless giving! This car helps the senior priests be able to have transportation so they may go to the doctor to receive medical treatments and consultations. The residence is in Cancun, Mexico established by the Legion of Christ, to ensure the elderly religious enjoy a safe, modest retirement. The twenty priests that live in the community are grateful for your support!
A New Clergy House in Ghana!
Thanks to your generosity, the retired priests of the diocese of Wiawso can have a place to live after decades of faithfully serving the community and beyond. The clergy house will also allow the neighboring parishes to receive assistance from the retired priests for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Marriage, and Baptism.
On behalf of CWM and our long-time partner, Msgr. Simon Assamoah, Vicar General of the diocese of Wiawso, thank you for caring for the many priests who dedicated their lives to serving the Church.
Seminarians from the Diocese of Jowai are Thriving Thanks to You!
Thank you for Supporting Seminarians in Africa
We just heard from Fr. John Dunne, SMA, in Nairobi, Kenya. He had great news to share, and much gratitude for your generous support. Here’s what he had to say:
“Greetings from Kenya! I write this note to wish you a very happy Christmas and hope it will be filled with peace, joy and blessings.
Presently we have forty one students living in the formation house and all are studying in the nearby Tangaza University College. A small number are studying Philosophy as we want all our students to do their Philosophy in their home countries. So here we have 14 students from Kenya and Tanzania doing Philosophy which is a three year programme. There are presently 27 students studying Theology, which is a four year degree program.
Our students come from 12 different countries so it is truly an international community. They come mainly from Africa and then India and one from Slovenia. We have decided to form out students in international settings as they will have to live in such communities once they are ordained and appointed to mission. Our formation team is also international.
I write in particular to thank you and all who have contributed towards the generous gift of $6,000 that has been sent to support 20 SMA seminarians for one year, while they are pursuing their studies here. This donation is much appreciated and I would like that the benefactors will hear through your office that we are truly grateful.
We had seven young men from this formation house in Nairobi who were ordained to priesthood in 2019. In all there were 20 ordained to priesthood in the SMA this current year. There are four deacons who will hopefully be ordained priests with their class mates from other houses in 2020. There are presently eight men who are Acolytes and should be ordained to Diaconate in 2020.
Our students and the formation community pray each day for our benefactors; so be assured that we do not forget! Please remind the generous donors that they too are part of our prayers and thanks.
I conclude by saying once again THANKS to all.
Have a blessed Christmas season.”
Thank you for all you’ve done to make these seminarians’ study possible.
Check out the photos from Fr. John below: