1. What does the money from the Seminarian Collection support?
The annual collection assists our seminarians with tuition, room and board, books, health care, travel, summer assignments and otehr related expenses, including the work of the Vocations Office. Each year, this collection has yielded a great harvest and has also helped to create a culture of vocations. The annual budgetary needs continue to increase and the Seminarian Collection is an opportunity for Catholics to support our future priests.
2. What is the cost of supporting a seminarian annually"
The cost of educating a seminarian is approximately $35,000.00 annually. As our seminarians increase in size so does the cost of educating them all. The Seminarian Fund Appeal supports men who answer God's call to serve. As our priests retire it is important to have priests to replace them. Our seminarians today are our priests of the future.
The rich life expedriences and cultural diversity of our seminarians helps provide vital future leadership in our church.