Mass Stipends for Priests Teaching at a Seminary in Ecuador
Archbishop Voltolino Esti has turned to ACN, asking us to help him by providing Mass stipends for the priests responsible for providing formation at the seminary. Otherwise these priests have no other source of financial support. Can you help?
“With God’s help and
the support of faithful Christians, we hope to continue forming the future
priests here,” so that they can become “shepherds after the Heart of Christ.”
These were the words of Archbishop Lorenzo Voltolino Esti, writing about the seminary
in the Archdiocese of Portoviejo, Ecuador. This year it is celebrating its 25th
anniversary, and since it was first established in 1992, 77 priests have passed
through its doors. Archbishop Lorenzo Voltolino Esti is delighted about this
and speaks of the seminary as a “way of hope for our communities.”
At present there are
40 young men living in the seminary, plus a few external students from the
religious communities who study here but live in their monasteries, and also
some lay Catholics who attend some of the teaching sessions. All this is reason
for joy and confidence.
However, the seminary
still has its own challenges. On April 16, 2016, the Archdiocese of Portoviejo
was struck by a severe earthquake that caused extensive damage and claimed a
number of lives. The earthquake also left great financial need everywhere, and
this has also affected the seminary, which is in great difficulty since the
local Catholic faithful who would otherwise have helped towards the upkeep of
the seminary can now no longer support it.
Esti has turned to ACN, asking us to help him by providing Mass stipends for
the priests responsible for providing formation at the seminary. Otherwise
these priests have no other source of financial support.
disappoint us, we are counting on you!” he writes. We have promised him to
provide the nine priests teaching at the seminary with Mass stipends – a total
sum of $14,600.
Will you help us
provide Mass stipends for these poor priests teaching at this seminary in
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