Could you make a special gift to help the training of future Priests and Religious Sisters overseas?
Internationally, Missio provides young churches in developing countries with funding to train 25,000 future Priests and 11,000 Religious Sisters each year.
These Priests and Sisters are future Church leaders: building a vibrant Catholic Church for tomorrow, passing the gift of faith on to future generations worldwide.
One of the Seminaries Missio supports the Christ the King Major Seminary in Kenya. Last year the seminary was training 329 future Priests.
Fr Peter, the Rector shares:
You can help build the Church of tomorrow!
Even on a good year, free from COVID-19, conflict, and food insecurity, it is never easy funding vocations in developing countries.
In mission dioceses in Africa and Asia, it costs at least £700 a year to train a student for the priesthood. Despite the sacrifices made by their families and parish communities and the Seminaries’ efforts to grow their own food, it is a struggle for them to cover the full costs of seminary training.
Missio believes no vocation should be turned away through lack of funds. That’s why the Holy Father asks us to channel help from our supporters in England and Wales to our Church overseas.
Message from a Seminarian
Brother Mathew (pictured above):
I am in my final year of my theological formation at Christ the King Major Seminary. I’d like to convey my heartfelt thanks to Missio for the spiritual and material assistance provided to me during my discernment journey.
It is a long journey that demands a lot of strength and resources. But because of your support, I am able to focus on my discernment wholly, listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, while at the same time serving the Church in various ways.
The idea of a stranger helping me achieve my desire to serve as a Priest is humbling and encouraging. It gives me an impetus to work even harder, and also to cultivate a heart of charity to God and to others.
I heartily appreciate the efforts of Missio and continue to pray to God that he may bless all your endeavours. I commend you to the care of our Mother Mary and to the protection of our saviour, Jesus Christ whom we all serve in our vocations. Thank you.
In 2019, our sisters and brothers in the Church in Mongolia celebrated the ordination of their first local Mongolian Priest, Fr Joseph (right, pictured at his ordination by Bishop Padilla). Thanks to you, Missio was able to support his training.
Many young men throughout the world are dreaming about becoming a Priest. Sometimes other worthy aspirations supersede those dreams. But for some the dream will remain unfulfilled because the bishops do not have enough money to support the seminary training.
On behalf of Fr Joseph and many others like him, thank you for your vital support of their seminary training – it is making a difference.
Updates and news
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