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Help for the Training of Seminarians in Peru
High in the Andes, at an altitude of over 10,000 feet, there are nine young men preparing for ordination to the priesthood. They live in the town of Huaraz, in Peru. Huaraz is the seat of the diocese and home to the diocesan seminary; the region’s Catholics are scattered across 5,000 square miles and ministered to by 58 priests.
The seminarians are urgently needed, as Peru has one of the greatest priest shortages in Latin America. In order to promote the vocation, the diocese has launched an intensive initiative, offering retreat days, holiday activities, and informational meetings for young people interested in religious life. The nine seminarians currently studying in Huaraz are the fruit of this effort.
The rector has written to us, saying that his seminarians are “growing in their friendship with Jesus Christ” and have already proven that “in an environment that tempts men away from God, they have kept their faith and learned to give their lives without asking anything in return.”
The diocese has asked for our help so that these young men can continue on their path to the priesthood. We have already put $2,900 toward the cost of their formation and plan to give more.
Will you support the training of Peru’s future priests? We are sure they will remember you in their prayers.
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