The education of seminarians in preparation for the priesthood is an expensive task. Each young man studies eight years. The first four years the mean go through a period of spiritual, intellectual and human formation at our seminary in Providence where they live while attending Providence College.
The next four years are spent continuing the spiritual, intellectual and human formation at a house of theology where the men receive their direct and final preparation for ordination to the diaconate and the priesthood.
Some of these men are able to pay for their college while others do not have the means to do so. Keeping a house of formation going is a big responsibility and commitment. It is only through the assistance of the Catholic Charity Appeal that the diocese can properly prepare men for the important work of the priesthood in these difficult times.
Please consider how important your parish, our dioceses and our priests are to our spiritual well being. Without priests there are no Sacraments. I think of all the priests who have been present to me and my family throughout the years. We often hear of the few bad priests, but there are so many good priests who serve quietly and faithful day in and day of. Up in the morning for daily Mass. Called out to care for the dying and comfort the mourning. All of this would not be possible without the Catholic Charity Appeal.
Consider a gift in memory of all the good priests who have served you and your family throughout the years. You can make your donation next Sunday by filling out the in-pew envelope, or do it right now by visiting the Catholic Charity website or scanning the QR code, or pick up an envelope in the parish office.
The video below features Deacon Mark Gadoury, a wonderful young man who has a deep love for Jesus and the Church. Deacon Mark will be ordained to the priesthood on June 4th at the Cathedral of Ss. Peter & Paul. Pray for Deacon Gadoury and all of the men studying for the priesthood for our diocese.
God bless you,
Fr. Jay Finelli