It is not easy to fit in all these 91 young men in a single photo… They are the seminarians currently studying at the diocesan seminary of Our Lady in the Diocese of Sonson-Rionegro in the south of Colombia. It is a diocese rich in vocations: from 1980, the year it was founded, to the …
“In the hidden recesses of the human heart the grace of a vocation takes the form of a dialogue. It is a dialogue between Christ and an individual, in which a personal invitation is given. Christ calls the person by name and says: ‘Come, follow me.’” Saint John Paul II
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have been able to provide young men and women with books, clothing and basic living expenses as they study and train to become future leaders of the Church and walk the path of God. In fact, today one out of every ten seminarians around the world is supported by ACN donors!
The Greek-Catholic Diocese of Oradea rejoices at the high number of new seminarians. Partly responsible for the increase they've seen is the diocese's active family apostolate. Families who participate in the Church are more likely to inspire a religious vocation.
Three quarters of the population of the eparchy (or diocese) of Ivano-Frankivsk in Western Ukraine are members of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church. This Church is in communion with Rome but celebrates the Liturgy in the Byzantine rite. That makes this diocese the largest community of this particular rite in Ukraine, in terms of the number of faithful.
Wonderfully, the Greek Catholic Order of Saint Basil in Ukraine is not short of vocations. Currently there are 48 novices in formation at the seminary in Lviv. In all, the Basilian Order has some 340 members in 29 different monasteries. Their novice house is in Kharkhiv, in East Ukraine, and has its own land and livestock around it.