Help for the Training of 15 Seminarians in Brazil

Brazil, a country whose people were for centuries overwhelmingly Catholic, has in recent decades seen a sharp fall in its Catholic population. Today, approximately 64% of its 213 million people identify as Catholic.

The country faces many difficult challenges, including corruption, unemployment, economic crisis and environmental destruction, and this has allowed many to fall prey to the spurious promises and “prosperity gospels” of the sects, which are extremely active and well-funded in Brazil. This makes it all the more important for the Church to be visibly present among the people – above all in the person of her priests.

In the Diocese of Bom Jesus da Lapa, in the interior of Bahia State, the percentage of Catholics is still relatively high, at almost 80%. But here, too, the numbers are declining: In the year 2000, they were 90%. There are too few priests, with just one priest for over 10,300 faithful – not enough to adequately minister to the people.

The good news is that there are 15 young men from the diocese currently undergoing formation. While they are in other diocesan seminaries,  the diocese itself has to pay for their training and upkeep, and this represents a heavy burden. While the Catholic faithful strive to support the Church as best they can, they themselves are poor, especially after the pandemic, still poorer.

We are proposing to support the diocese with a contribution of $8,600 for the training of these 15 young men, so that they can continue uninterrupted on their path to the priesthood.

Can you join in funding the training of these future priests in Brazil?

We are sure they will remember you in their grateful prayers.

Aid to the Church in Need commits to invest your funds where they will have the greatest impact for the Church that we serve. Funds donated to Aid to the Church in Need’s projects will be used towards the greatest need in our programs to help keep the Faith alive.

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