Help for the Training of 46 Seminarians in Ecuador
The seminary rector has turned to us once again for help to support the training of these seminarians for the current academic year. Can you aid in their formation?
During the 36 years of its existence, the major
seminary in the Diocese of Ibarra in northern Ecuador has already produced 172
priests. Now, another 46 young men are studying at the seminary, which is
dedicated to Our Lady of Good Hope. They, too, hope one day to be able to serve
as priests at the altar of the Lord.
These future priests not only train at the seminary
and at the local university, but are encouraged from the beginning to engage in
pastoral work in the parishes and so get to know the needs of the ordinary
people. Already in the first year of their studies they regularly visit homes
for the elderly and the children’s homes, as well as prisons.
At the same time, these seminarians help in the
parishes in the youth and family apostolate, train the altar servers and give
catechetical instruction. Every year they also visit the parishes of the
diocese on a "Seminary Open Day" and engage with any young people who
might also be contemplating serving God one day as priests.
These meetings and other activities represent a
precious contribution to the vocations apostolate in the diocese, since the
personal testimony of the seminarians themselves is an excellent way of
encouraging other young people to think about their own future vocation and perhaps
find the courage to pursue it.
The people of the Diocese of Ibarra are 90% Catholic
and deeply rooted in their faith and Catholic traditions. The parishes
regularly provide food for the seminary and support it with whatever the local
people can spare. Of course this support is nowhere near enough to cover the
cost of training the seminarians who, in addition to their board and lodging,
also need books and teaching materials, help with travel costs into the
parishes, medical care, clothing, electricity and so much more besides.
The seminary rector has turned to us once again for
help, as so often in the past, and we have promised $18,200 to support the
training of these 46 seminarians for the current academic year.
Will you give to support the training of these future
priests in Ecuador? We are sure they will remember you in their grateful
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