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Special Collection
January 17-18, 2015

Educating seminarians is an investment in the future of the Catholic Church in New Hampshire, but this goal cannot be fulfilled without the help of the faithful.

  • The cost to educate a seminarian is more than $100 for every day he is in formation. This expense includes tuition, room and board at a seminary.
  • 100% of every dollar collected for the Seminarian Education Fund goes toward supporting the education of men studying for the priesthood.
  • This annual collection is the primary source of funding for seminarian formation.

A gift of $50 or more from every adult or family attending Mass would help educate our seminarians for another year. Mail your gift to the Office of Vocations, PO Box 310, Manchester, NH 03105. Each parish will be notified of gifts made by its parishioners. Please consider including the Seminarian Education Fund in your will or estate planning. For those interested in planned giving please contact Patrick McGee at (603) 669-3100 or pmcgee@rcbm.org.

If you are interested in learning more about priestly vocations, contact Fr. Jason Jalbert at (603) 669-3100 or jjalbert@rcbm.org.

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the Seminarian Fund Collection Brochure.

Donate online: 

“Our Holy Father Pope Francis recently said, ‘Becoming a priest or a man or woman religious is not primarily our own decision...rather it is the response to a call and to a call of love.’ I hope all Catholics throughout our diocese will join with me in asking God to grant that more men and women hear and respond to His invitation, and discover the profound joy to be found in serving the people of God as a priests or religious.”  ~ Bishop Peter A. Libasci

Did you know?

Newly-ordained priests were often influenced by their families, and involved in church activities.

In 2011 the average age of the 480 men ordained to the priesthood is trending younger with the average age at 34. These figures stand out in The Class of 2011: Survey of Ordinands to the Priesthood which can be found at www.foryourvocation.com.

Most of those ordained say they were encouraged to enter seminary by a priest, and about half say their friends or parents encouraged them to consider the priesthood. The role of the family, parish priest, friends, and youth ministry are vital to vocations. Along with their education and work experience, 71 percent of the Class of 2011 report they served as an altar server. This seems to indicate that the involvement of youth in the Church’s activities, especially the liturgy, has a positive impact for their choice of a vocation. What is clear is that new priests were not swayed by television or a billboard, but by experiences in the Church.

What Can You Do to Help Grow the Priesthood?

  • Pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life daily.
  • Ask a priest about how he discovered his call.
  • For parents, talk to your children about God’s call.
  • Write letters to our seminarians to encourage them as they discern.
  • Ask your pastor what you can do in the parish to foster vocations.
  • Get a free book to help a young man discern his vocation at gopriest.com
  • Visit www.foryourvocation.com for more ideas.

Six Ways to Discern My Vocation

1. PRAYER. Prayer is a conversation with God – not just saying prayers, but speaking to the Lord from your heart. Ask him to reveal his plan for you: “Jesus, I want to want what you want. Here I am Lord; I come to do your will.” Trust that God has a plan for you.

2. SACRAMENTS. The soul is the window through which we can see God and hear his voice. If the window is dirty because of sin, it must be cleaned through Confession so we can be in union with God. When you receive Communion, ask Jesus to show you your vocation.

3. GOOD INFORMATION. It is impossible to discover your vocation without good information. What does it mean to have a holy Christian marriage? What do priests do? What is it like to be a religious sister or brother? Contact the diocesan vocations office at 669-3100 or search for good information online, then take what you have learned back to prayer.

4. GO ON RETREAT. Miracles happen on retreats! One of the surest ways to discover God’s plan for you is to enter into silence and prayer over an extended period. Ask the Vocation Director to help you find a good retreat.

5. GET ADVICE. Don’t try to discern your vocation alone, without the help of the Church. Talk to a sister, brother, priest, or deacon you trust.

6. THE BLESSED MOTHER. Mary is the ultimate example of openness to the will of God. Are you open to God’s will for you? Pray three Hail Mary’s every day, specifically to know your vocation and have the courage to follow it.



Seminarians

Please pray for our seminarians by name and for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. To contact the seminarians, please use their respective seminary address:

  • St. John's Seminary, 127 Lake Street, Brighton, MA 02135
  • St. Mary's Seminary, 5400 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210
  • Our Lady of Providence Seminary, 485 Mount Pleasant Avenue Providence, RI 02908

Mr. Ryan Amazeen
Seminary of
Our Lady of Providence
(3rd Year College Seminarian)

Mr. David Gagnon
Seminary of
Our Lady of Providence
(4th Year College Seminarian)

Mr. David Harris
St. John's Seminary
(2nd Year, Theology)

Mr. Joshua Livingston
St. Mary's Seminary
(1st Year, Pre-Theology)

Mr. Michael Sartori
St. Mary's Seminary
(3rd Year, Theology)

Mr. Matthew Schultz
St. John's Seminary
(2nd Year, Theology)

Mr. Andrew St. Hilaire
St. John's Semiary
(1st Year, Pre-Theology)

Mr. Rory Traynor
Seminary of
Our Lady of Providence
(1st Year College Seminarian)

Mr. David Wong
St. John's Seminary
(2nd Year, Pre-Theology)

Seminarian David A. Harris

David Harris, in his Second Year of Theology at St. John’s Seminary, reflects on the joy he finds in his studies and the inspiration he finds amongst his fellow seminarians and from the Holy Father.

“One of the special things about studying for the priesthood is being able to meet and work with many outstanding priests from our diocese, from the seminary, and from places beyond. They have helped me understand the many attributes and gifts that are required to become a holy and effective parish priest. Even more so, they express the true happiness and joy that comes from serving God’s people and from sharing in Christ’s priesthood. In my discernment and formation at St. John’s Seminary, these witnesses have helped me better realize what the priesthood is all about. Our Holy Father Pope Francis continues to share with the world a powerful example of how all Christians, especially priests, are called to lives of humility, simplicity, and holiness. His model of discipleship has shaped my own formation in many ways, and he offers a beautiful witness of the joy of following Jesus for any man who is discerning the priesthood.”

Prayer for Vocations 

Dear God,

Give us vocations to the religious life and to the priesthood,

To bring you to the very little children,

To enlighten the faith of your faithful people,

To open the Gospel to minds unaware of it,

To give your forgiveness to repentant sinners,

To celebrate without ceasing the Divine Sacrifice,

To give your Host to famished souls,

To help the dying, to console those in suffering,

To recall to mind all men that they are brothers and sisters,

To bless our homes, our livelihoods and our land,

And that amongst us your Kingdom may come.

Dear God, give us vocations to the religious life and to the priesthood.

Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
(603) 669-3100
Fax: (603) 669-0377

© Diocese of Manchester