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Help for the Formation of Four Seminarians in Egypt

The Society of African Missions (SMA Fathers) was founded in 1856. It was created to be a society of priests committed to serving and evangelizing the people of the African continent. At first, its members were overwhelmingly drawn from Europe and North America. Today, the majority of its vocations come from Asia and Africa itself. There are now close to 860 priests belonging to the SMA, and their members are active in 16 different African countries. One of these priests is the Italian missionary Pierluigi Maccalli, who was abducted in September 2018 in Niger, in West Africa.

Among the formation houses of the SMA Fathers is the Seminary of Saint Mark in the Egyptian capital of Cairo. Each year a group of seminarians comes to study here in order to gain experience of living in a Muslim environment. This helps them to prepare for their pastoral service to the Christian minorities in various different Islam-majority countries of Africa and the Middle East.

The young men who have come to Cairo for this part of their formation have already made their temporary vows. After this year in Cairo they will go to other countries to complete their studies.

This year there are four SMA seminarians following this formation year in Cairo. Their superiors have asked for financial support towards their travel costs, board and lodging and also for their courses in Arabic. We are helping with $2,200.

Will you support these seminarians as they prepare for the priesthood in Egypt?

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