Seminarian Fund Collection
“I will appoint for you shepherds after my own heart." – Jeremiah 3:15
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is a great joy to see how the Lord continues to call men from our parishes to serve as priests here in the Diocese of Manchester. Our fourteen seminarians are fine men who desire to follow the Lord and want to serve the Church. God willing, we will be blessed to ordain two of them as priests this coming spring, and two more men will be ordained transitional deacons.
Our seminarians are a gratifying sign of hope during this challenging time for our Church. The revelations of the last several months have left many shaken and saddened - myself included. Our seminarians are aware of these challenges but are also emboldened to prepare to be faithful priests who help to build up and heal the Church here in New Hampshire. I ask that you please keep all of our seminarians in your prayers and continue to pray for more vocations to the priesthood here in the Diocese of Manchester.
In addition to prayer, I ask you to consider making a gift to the Seminarian Education Fund. The diocese invests approximately $100 for every day a future priest is in formation, and your generous contribution to the Fund supports them as they continue on their journey to our Lord's call to serve His Church. We are deeply grateful for you and all in our Diocese who join together to assist them.
As always, I ask God to bless you for your faithfulness, and I thank you for all you do for our priests and seminarians, and for the Church here in New Hampshire.
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, D.D.
Bishop of Manchester
Give: 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 Fund. Envelopes will be collected at Mass on January 19-20. You can also mail the envelope directly to the Diocese of Manchester or donate online at the link below. For those interested in planned giving, please contact Bevin Kennedy, firstname.lastname@example.org; or 603-663-0136.
Encourage: Encourage those you know who might be called to priesthood or consecrated life to consider such a vocation (see liveinblackandwhite.com for more information).
Where Does Your Support Go?
Education and formation. As one generation of priests is preparing to retire, our diocese is helping to educate the next generation. The diocese spends approximately $500,000 annually on tuition, room and board for our seminarians. The annual Seminarian Collection raises about $200,000 of that total and 100% of every dollar you give goes toward supporting the education and formation of our young men studying for the priesthood.
Please Pray for Vocations
Please pray for our seminarians by name and for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life in New Hampshire.
Prayer for Vocations
as You once called the first disciples to make them fishers of men,
let your sweet invitation continue to resound:
Come, follow Me!
Give young men and women the grace of responding quickly to Your voice.
Support our bishops, priests, and consecrated people in their apostolic labor.
Grant perseverance to our seminarians
and to all those who are carrying out the ideal
of a life totally consecrated to Your service.
Mary, Mother of the Church, the model of every vocation,
help us to say "Yes" to the Lord
Who calls us to cooperate in the divine plan of salvation.
#ThinkingPriesthood? We Are!
Are you or someone you know discerning a vocation to the priesthood? Fr. Matthew Mason, recently appointed by Bishop Libasci to serve as full-time vocation director, is available to offer advice and support to those interested in becoming a priest. Fr. Mason is joined by Fr. Von DeRosia and Fr. Marcos Gonzalez-Torres as assistant vocation directors who also serve to accompany those in the process of discernment.
Check out www.liveinblackandwhite.com for more information on vocations to the priesthood. You can also contact Fr. Matthew Mason directly to find out more information about the process or how to take the first step at email@example.com, or at (603) 663-0196.