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Collection for Seminarian Education Fund will be held August 3 & 4
On the weekend of August 4, the Feast of St. John Vianney, parishes in the Diocese of Gaylord will take up the second annual special collection for Seminarian Education Fund. All funds raised through this collection will be used solely for tuition, books, room and board, and health insurance for diocesan seminarians.
In recent years, the diocese has worked hard to create a culture of vocations in which men and women are encouraged to listen for, and respond to, Gods call for their lives. Considering seventeen of the active priests are currently working past their retirement date, and that most of our Pastors serve more than one parish, it is clear the diocese needs every one of the vocations that the Lord sends our way.
Even with the very successful results from last years campaign, the needs remain great, wrote Bishop Bernard A. Hebda in a recent letter to priests of the diocese. A fifth candidate from our diocese recently presented his application for seminary admission for the fall term. If all five are accepted and matriculate, the Diocese of Gaylord will have 15 seminarians next year.
With great joy the diocese celebrated three priestly ordinations in 2013: Frs. Chet Collins, Matthew Furgiuele and Bryan Medlin.
What a blessing that the Lord is responding with such generosity to our prayers to send more workers into the Vineyard! Bishop Hebda added.
At the same time, however, an increase in the number of seminarians presents the added challenge of financing their education and formation. For the 2013-2014 academic year, the total cost to the diocese for seminarian education will approach $510,000, an amount far in excess of what CSA can support, absent radical cuts in other programs.
The diocese continues to seek out grants and other funding sources to help offset these expenses. For example, a special golf outing will take place on August 5. Funds raised by that event will be matched at a rate of 50% by a special challenge opportunity through the Catholic Extension Society (see related article.)
The support of the faithful, however, through gifts to the Collection for Seminarian Education as well as continued fervent prayers, is most crucial to the success of our vocations efforts, noted Fr. Don Geyman, diocesan Director of Vocations.
Giving to this special collection means much more than simply providing support to our current seminarians. Participation by the faithful will help ensure the Catholic Church in northern Lower Michigan remains vibrant, that we may continue to be strengthened through the Eucharist, receive the graces of the Sacraments, and pass on the Catholic faith for future generations. 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 to help fund seminarian tuition into perpetuity.
The increase in priestly vocations is a trend we anticipate will continue, Fr. Geyman added. Our seminarians are really top notch candidates who are spirit-filled, prayerful and dedicated men. They desire to serve the Lord and the people of this diocese for the rest of their lives.
To learn more about our seminarians or vocations efforts in the Diocese of Gaylord, click on the Vocations link ont he left of this page. If you would like to make a gift to the Seminarian Fund, please click on the "Make a Gift" link also on the left of this page.