We’ve all heard the expression, “The future is in your hands.” Never before has this been more true. As one generation of priests is preparing to retire, our diocese is helping to educate the next generation. Education comes at a price, however. The diocese invests approximately $300,000 annually on tuition, room and board for our seminarians. The annual Seminarian Collection is the primary source of that funding and 100% of every dollar goes toward supporting the education and formation of our young men studying for the priesthood.
The usual training for a young man seeking to become a priest starts with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy; for those who have already completed their undergraduate degree in another discipline, one or two years of Pre-Theology are required instead. Four additional years of theological studies in the seminary typically lead to a Master of Divinity degree; after the third year of Theology the candidate is ordained a transitional deacon. After successful completion of the fourth year of Theology, the deacon is ordained to the priesthood.
A gift of $100 would almost cover the cost of educating one seminarian for one day. Could you donate enough for one day—or even a half-day? Please make a contribution to the Seminarian Education Fund. Envelopes will be collected at Mass on January 14-15. For those interested in planned giving, please contact Patrick McGee at (603) 669-3100 or email@example.com.
“Our Holy Father Pope Francis has said, ‘Becoming a priest or a 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 hear and respond to His invitation, and discover the profound joy to be found in serving the people of God as a priest.” ~ Bishop Peter A. Libasci
Are you or someone you know discerning a vocation to the priesthood? Check out www.diocesanpriest.com for information, resources and community. You can also contact Fr. Jason Jalbert to find out more about how to take the first step: firstname.lastname@example.org, (603) 663-0153 or visit www.catholicnh.org/priesthood.
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.
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.
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:
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
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Manchester, NH 03105-0310
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