Seminarian Fund Collection
“Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring, or he himself is beset by weakness and so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. No one takes this honor upon himself but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.” – Hebrews 5: 1-4
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The call of the priesthood, of a life in love and service to our Church, is a truly profound call. Our seminarians here in the Diocese of Manchester have not only dutifully answered that call, but have answered it with pure joy in their hearts. I not only pray for their success each day, but I also pray in deep thanksgiving to our Lord that they have so selflessly answered His call.
One of our seminarians, Rory Traynor, says so beautifully about his own personal discernment: “God has always blessed me with many good priests who served as examples of how the priesthood is something beyond themselves and is a gift from God; these men have always been an inspiration for me." Our Seminarian Fund is an opportunity for you to enable Rory to continue this same path, and for many young men after him.
You may be aware that the critical shortage of priests is of serious concern to me and all of us throughout the state. Our priests provide us the blessed Eucharist and shepherd our parishes and spiritual communities. As we seek to grow our flock, we too must seek out those who provide these shepherding gifts to us. In order to help more men discern their vocation and to accompany men like Rory in their journey, we need your help, the help of the faithful. I write to you this year so that you may consider supporting our current and future seminarians in the 2018 Seminarian Fund Collection so that together, we become a diocese alive in the hope of Christ.
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, D.D.
Bishop of Manchester
St. Andrew Dinners
St. Andrew was the first of the Apostles to hear Jesus’ call to follow him. We invite men in our diocese who are considering a vocation to the priesthood or who would simply like some help hearing the Lord’s call for their life to an evening of prayer, conversation with the Vocations Team, and dinner. These evenings will take place on Fridays from 6-8 pm at different locations around our state and for different age groups. Please RSVP to Becky Vinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (603) 663-0153 if you would like to attend.
Young Men: Age 19-24:
Older Men: Age 25+:
Simple Steps to Support Seminarians
Pray: Pray for our seminarians. Use the tear out insert from the bulletin insert distributed the weekend of January 13-14 to pray for each of our seminarians and for diocesan vocations. Say the prayer as a family, a group, or on your own.
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 20-21. 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, email@example.com; 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 $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.
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
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.
#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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or at (603) 663-0196.