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Supporting Priestly Vocations

$30M

Introduction

Our priests are our shepherds, counselors, and teachers. Our families and parishes are strengthened by these men, who live lives of service and sacrifice.

We have an opportunity to show gratitude by supporting the training and continual formation of the holy men who give so much to us — who lead our spiritual development through the celebration of the Eucharist and the sacraments.

By God’s grace, many men are responding to the call to discern a vocation to the priesthood. Our seminaries and houses of formation are at capacity and require urgent support to meet immediate needs to expand. Although a shortage of priests remains, we are truly encouraged by the strong response and increasing numbers year-over-year. Men are answering the call; we, too, must respond!

Continuous support of our current priests is a powerful way to answer a call for renewal in our parishes and communities. Our Archdiocese is blessed to have a facility dedicated to the spiritual renewal of our priests through retreats and fellowship. We must join together to create an endowment to ensure this ministry’s vitality for years to come. Together, we will support our priests so they may have the opportunity to renew their zeal to ministry — impacting our families, our parishes, and our communities.

Your Gift Will

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Accommodate Increasing Vocations

Help build a new dormitory at St. John’s Seminary, a need created by the increased numbers of men discerning a priestly vocation.

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Endow Programs at the House of Prayer

Ensure greater financial stability of the Cardinal Manning House of Prayer for Priests by investing in future maintenance and enhanced programmatic experiences for clergy seeking spiritual direction and time for reflection.

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Provide Financial Assistance for Those Discerning the Priesthood

Create a $10 million endowment for the Queen of Angels Center for Priestly Formation to support undergraduate-age men pursuing the possibility of a vocation to priestly service without financial stresses.

Final Quote

I have visited the House of Prayer for Priests since I was ordained almost seven years ago. It is a sacred place where I can refresh myself spiritually so that I can be a better and more effective priest.

Father Abel Loera