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Collection for Seminarian Education Fund
This month, parishes throughout the Diocese of Gaylord are holding a special collection specifically to fund seminarian education costs. This fall the diocese will have thirteen seminarians heading back to school, with the possibility of one more being added in January. It is a dramatic increase since 2008, when the diocese had only four men in seminary
As the 2012 school year begins, Deacon Bryan Medlin, Ben Rexroat, Nick Cooper, Brad Nursey, Sean Farkas, Peter Freundl, George Bouchey and Chris Nowak will all be studying at Pontifical College Josephinum in Coumbus, Ohio while Deacon Chet Collins will be completing his preparation at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. Deacon Matthew Furguiele, Matt Cowan, Tyler Bischoff and Chris Jarvis will be in Rome studying North American College.
We have a wonderful group of men who have heard and answered the Lords call to continue to discern a priestly vocation for the Diocese of Gaylord, Bishop Bernard Hebda wrote in a recent letter to parishioners. While we have been blessed with an increase in the number of seminarians, a trend that began approximately five years ago, we also face the added challenge of financing their education and formation.
The average yearly cost per seminarian for education expenses and health insurance is approximately $34,000, which will total nearly $448,000 for the 2012-2013 school year.
While I realize that many of the Faithful of our diocese are truly struggling during these difficult economic times, I have no choice but to ask for your help so that we will have the priests we will need for our future, Bishop Hebda added. I am trusting the Master of the Harvest will provide through your generosity. Know that I will be grateful for whatever support you can offer, spiritual and financial. If you find your present circumstances will not allow you to contribute, I would ask that you strive all the more to offer prayers and petitions for our seminarians.
All funds raised through this collection will be used solely for tuition, books, room and board, and health insurance for our seminarians. Any amount raised in excess of this years costs will be deposited into a special fund for seminarian tuition within the Northern Michigan Catholic Foundation.
Special envelopes for the Collection for Seminarian Education have been mailed to parishioners and are also available in parishes. Those who wish to do so may also donate online by clickingon the "Make a Gift" link on the left of this page.