Support the Training of 26 Seminarians in Belarus
Will you help today with a donation so that these seminarians can continue with their training? They will gratefully remember you in their prayers.
“Dear friends, we were
thinking of you because you have done so much good for us over the course of
many years,” says Father Roman Ratchko, the rector of the seminary in the
Diocese of Grodno, Belarus. He had written to us on the occasion of the June 3
celebration of the jubilee of the diocese, which took place in the seminary in
the presence of the bishop. The very next day three young men were ordained to
the priesthood and another to the diaconate.
continued, “On this day of thanksgiving we were united with you in prayer and
we asked God’s blessing on our friends, benefactors and on all those
kindhearted people who have helped us and remembered us in their prayers.”
Last year the Diocese
of Grodno celebrated the 25th anniversary of its foundation. The seminary had
been completed a year earlier than that, when the Soviet Union was still in
existence. And every year, right from the start, ACN has supported the training
of these seminarians.
In July, the young
priests who were ordained last year were already able to start their ministry
in parishes. But all these young men are also very open to the needs of the
universal Church and many have offered themselves for service in the missions
around the world. Two of them, who have already been ordained to the diaconate,
have gone for a year to Cameroon and Brazil respectively, to work there as
missionaries. Another has asked to help in the pastoral ministry in the smaller
communities in the Archdiocese of Minsk-Mohilev, in Belarus.
In the training of the
candidates for the priesthood, the seminary attaches particular importance to
raising their awareness of the needs of the people. Every month the seminarians
go out to the retirement homes, orphanages and a home for handicapped children
in the diocese.
“Thanks to your help,
we can now pursue a wide range of projects aimed at better preparing our
students for the priesthood,” writes the rector.
This year we are committed
to helping once again – with a contribution of $16,000 – so that the 26
seminarians currently studying here can continue with their training.
Will you give to
support the training of these seminarians in Belarus?
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