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Support the Formation of Seminarians in Brazil
The pandemic changed lives around the world, including those of seminarians in Brazil. In the Diocese of Rio Branco, ordinations that were scheduled for 2020 had to be postponed, and fewer new people could be accepted into the seminary. But still, formation continued, and virtual learning was a success. Thankfully, the sixteen young men currently preparing for the priesthood in Brazil are enthusiastic about their work, though the life that awaits them isn’t easy.
The Diocese of Rio Branco covers almost 38,000 square miles and is mostly in the Amazon rainforest, so many places in it can only be reached by boat. Plus, various sects are making inroads here, often with promises of healing and salvation, and great financial support. More priests are badly needed.
And Bishop Joaquin Pertinez has asked for our help. “After a year facing so many challenges and obstacles, we thank God that through his mercy, we have been able to continue the formation work and our Catholic mission,” he writes. But formation is costly, and so we have promised $11,500.
Will you join us in giving to the seminarians of Brazil, as they prepare for a life of challenging service?
We are sure they will remember you in their prayers.
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