Support for Formation of Seminarians in India
The Congregation of the Holy Cross was founded in 1820 in France when, following the French Revolution, an entire generation of young people was growing up almost without any religious formation. Father Jacques Dujarie, who had been ordained in secret during the time of the revolution, gathered around him a group of young men dedicated to the religious instruction of young people in the country areas. Within 20 to 30 years, the resulting religious congregation had spread as far as Algeria, the United States, Italy and East Bengal (which now includes parts of India and Bangladesh).
Today the congregation is present and active in 16 countries. Its religious brothers and priests devote themselves to the religious instruction and general education of young people. They also run many schools, since they see the formation of the spirit as the essential foundation for the tackling of the pressing problems of the present day, from a perspective of faith.
The congregation is particularly active in India, where it enjoys numerous new vocations. As a result, Indian priests of the Holy Cross Congregation are now present not only in India but also in other countries as missionaries. The congregation has four regional provinces within India itself. It recognizes the growing importance, in light of the widespread consumerism and globalization in today‘s world, of helping families and young people to become more deeply rooted in the Christian faith.
To achieve their goals, the priests themselves need to have a sound and solid formation. In the southern Indian province of the congregation there are 23 young men currently studying for the priesthood.
ACN is proposing to help them, with a contribution of $7,600 towards the cost of their formation.
Will you help support these future priests in India?
All of you who help may be assured of the prayers of these seminarians!
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