Invest in the future of our Church
Missio England and Wales has a long-standing relationship with five seminaries in five countries. These five seminaries – in India, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and Sri Lanka – offer the opportunity to sponsor students studying for the priesthood.
As a sponsor, you’ll receive the name of an individual student in the first of his final four years of Theology studies. And he will receive your name, so you can pray for each other especially, if you so choose.
When you sponsor a seminarian, you’re building the church of tomorrow, today.
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.
If you can commit to £500 annually for the final four years of a seminarian’s training before ordination, we can offer you the name of a student so you can pray for each other and, if you wish, correspond.
You can sponsor a seminarian individually, or as a family, a community or a parish project.
Thank you if you are already a sponsor – your support means so much. You are encouraging faith to grow and the love of Christ to be shared.
If you don’t yet sponsor, please get in touch to receive a free, no-obligation, information pack, or read more in the latest edition of Mission Tomorrow.
The students pray for all our supporters and sponsors, as we also do here at Missio, and you are remembered at Mass in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome every day.
Your sponsorship journey
Missio normally receives names from India in July, Kenya in September, and Sri Lanka, Malawi and Nigeria in November. We don’t allocate new sponsors during the summer break but retain details for when the new academic year begins.
Of course not every sponsored student will reach ordination. During the programme, and with the support of his bishop and seminary staff, the student will discover if his desire for ordination is a genuine calling from God. If not, he will leave.
But this shouldn’t be seen as a failure. In our experience, ex-seminarians put their education and formation to the service of the Church and society. If your student leaves, you will be offered a new student name at no extra cost.
Writing to your student
We give Sponsors the opportunity to correspond with a seminarian. Some people prefer not to; others feel that correspondence is an essential part of being a sponsor. If you want to, you can exchange letters, news of local parishes and photographs with the student.
To avoid any misunderstanding, the sponsor’s address is not disclosed to the student and all correspondence goes through the Missio office and the Rector of the student’s seminary.
Gifts may not be sent directly to the students. But you can send a gift cheque to the rector at ordination time, to share among all the new priests. And of course, donating to Missio helps future Priests and Sisters around the world!
Please sponsor a seminarian
If you wish to sponsor a seminarian, please contact us for further information:
Missio, 23 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1NU
020 7821 9755