Sponsor the Training of Future Priests in Madagascar
These young men are being intensively accompanied, intellectually, spiritually and morally, along their path to the priesthood. Will you help sponsor the training of these future priests?
The Archdiocese of Antsiranana in the extreme north of
the island of Madagascar has an area of some 14,600 square miles – almost twice
the size of New Jersey. Yet with just 1.6 million inhabitants, it is relatively
thinly populated. A little over 40% of the population is Catholic, and the 65
diocesan priests and 42 religious priests in the archdiocese have to care for
parishes that are in many cases as large as dioceses would be in other parts of
In this situation, one of the most important priorities
is the training of future priests, and happily, there are no fewer than 69
young men currently preparing for the priesthood in the diocesan seminary of
In this seminary the greatest care is taken to ensure
that these future priests are given a thorough and sound formation. Not only is
their training intellectually solid, they are also formed spiritually and in
their character in such a way as to become true shepherds to the Catholic
faithful. Everything they learn at the university must be “nourishment for
their spiritual life,” as the rector explains.
The seminarians must first and foremost be men of
prayer, praying the Rosary privately or together in groups, devoting themselves
to spiritual reading and to half an hour of silent prayer before Holy Mass.
Another vital point is the formation of conscience. They must also cultivate a
sense of discipline and duty and a strong sense of responsibility and respect
for shared property. In order to strengthen them in this spirit they are given
individual responsibility for specific small duties within the seminary. They
must also be psychologically well-balanced and emotionally mature.
These young men are being intensively accompanied,
intellectually, spiritually and morally, along their path to the priesthood. We
have promised to support their formation this year with a total of $14,900.
Will you help us fulfill this promise to sponsor the
training of future priests in Madagascar? We are sure they will remember you in
their grateful prayers.
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