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Special Collection
January 14-15, 2017

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.

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“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.

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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 and Servers at the 2016 Ordination of Michael Sartori to the Priesthood


Meet some of our seminarians: read their vocations stories by clicking on their name. Watch our page on Facebook to see when new vocation stories are published.

  • Mr. Ryan Amazeen, St. John's Seminary (1st Year, Theology)
  • Mr. Stephen Cunniff, Our Lady of Providence Seminary (3rd Year College Seminarian)
  • Mr. Adrian Frackowiak, Sts. Cyril & Methodius Seminary (2nd Year, Theology)
  • Mr. Benjamin Gorewitz, Our Lady of Providence Seminary (1st Year College Seminarian)
  • Rev. Mr. David HarrisSt. John's Seminary (4th Year, Theology)
  • Mr. Joshua LivingstonSt. John's Seminary (1st Year, Theology)
  • Mr. Joseph Moynahan, St. John's Seminary (2nd Year, Pre-Theology)
  • Mr. Michael Niemaszyk, St. John's Seminary (1st Year, Pre-Theology)
  • Mr. Paul Hoang Ngoc Pham, St. John's Seminary (ESL)
  • Mr. Peter Le Quang Phong, St. John's Seminary (ESL)
  • Rev. Mr. Matthew SchultzSt. John's Seminary (4th Year, Theology)
  • Mr. Rory TraynorOur Lady of Providence Seminary (3rd Year College Seminarian)
  • Mr. David WongSt. John's Seminary (2nd Year, Theology)

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
  • Our Lady of Providence Seminary, 485 Mount Pleasant Avenue Providence, RI 02908
  • Saints Cyril and Methodius Seminary, 3535 Commerce Road, Orchard Lake, MI 48324

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