Walk with them, so they can walk with God’s global family.
If you, your family, or your parish can raise £42 a month for four years, you can help realise a vocation in a mission diocese, and so help build a strong and vibrant Church for the future.
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.
How it works
- You register – as an individual, a group, or a parish – to sponsor a seminarian in one of our five seminary partners: India, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Malawi. This means a commitment to raising £500 a year for four years. That’s £42 a month or £1.37 a day.
- Missio receives names of sponsorship candidates from our five partners. We then allocate you a student in September when the Autumn term begins. 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.
Your journey – keeping in touch
If you choose to, you can also correspond with your sponsee. 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!
Sponsoring a seminarian makes a wonderful parish or community project.
It’s a fantastic way to connect in faith to seminarians studying for the Priesthood overseas and a wonderful opportunity to support the future of our Church.