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Seminarian Fund Collection
January 14-15, 2017

Priestly Formation
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.

Priestly Formation

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.

How You Can Help on January 14-15, 2017

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 pmcgee@rcbm.org.

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“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

Did you know?

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

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: jjalbert@rcbm.org, (603) 663-0153 or visit www.catholicnh.org/priesthood.

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

Seminarians

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 Phong 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

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