Seminarian Fund Collection
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news." – Isaiah 52:7
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
God calls us all to holiness and to be disciples of Jesus in the world today. The young men who are called to the priesthood are called to grow more deeply into the holiness of Christ, the High Priest and True Shepherd, and it brings me great joy to see the men God has called in our diocese setting forth on this journey of holiness and discernment towards the priesthood. We now have thirteen seminarians, all 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 will be ordained transitional deacons, on the way toward priesthood.
This past year we held our first ever Seminarian Brunch Fundraiser. People from throughout the state who support vocations to the priesthood got a chance to meet our wonderful seminarians. More importantly, our seminarians were able to thank the men and women who pray for them daily - because without your prayerful aid, we would not have the means to support our seminarians.
In addition to your prayers, I ask you to consider making a gift to the Seminarian Education Fund. Each year, the diocese spends nearly $500,000 on tuition and room and board for our seminarians - a little more than $100 a day for each young man studying to be a priest. Your generous contribution to the Fund supports them as they continue on their journey to our Lord's call to serve His Church.
I am deeply grateful to you and all in our diocese who join together to assist our seminarians. As always, I ask God to bless you for your faithfulness, and I thank you for all you do 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.
Diocesan Prayer for Vocations
God our Father, you have given each of us gifts to use in the Body of Christ, to bring a New Hope and the Good News of Jesus Christ through our Catholic faith to all in New Hampshire.
Inspire young and old in the Diocese of Manchester to courageously follow your will as we live the unique vocation for which you have created us.
Please give us vocations to Christian marriage, to the religious life, and to the priesthood.
Give us the grace of responding quickly to your voice.
Support our bishops, priests, and consecrated people in their mission.
Confirm married couples and all families in your love.
Grant perseverance to our seminarians and to all who follow your way.
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.