By Liz Sullivan
The Diocese of San Jose is facing a happy challenge.
After years of declining numbers of priestly vocations, a growing group of men are answering the call of Jesus to serve as priests in the Diocese. Last year, the Diocese of San Jose was blessed with seven seminarians; this year it is twelve.
The blessing of these many vocations presents one particular challenge: the cost of one year of priestly formation averages $50,000 for tuition, room and board and a small monthly stipend. With 12 men in priestly studies, that total is approximately $600,000. While our Annual Diocesan Appeal covers some of this cost, we still need to raise an additional $300,000.
As a result, the Bishop is inviting all parishioners to take part in our Seminarian Appeal. Letters will be mailed to all parishioners during the week of September 4.
“As bishop, I have had the blessing of coming to know each of these men personally. They are good men: balanced, intellectually gifted, joyful, generous and solid in their Catholic faith. Each man has his own story and his own set of gifts that he brings to our diocese,” said Bishop Patrick J. McGrath. “These men seek to give themselves entirely in service through the priesthood to our Lord and to his people. In the midst of our distracted and distracting culture, they have heard the voice of Christ calling them to works of service: a life of radical, priestly discipleship rooted in intimate prayer, joyful service, and steadfast faithfulness to the Church. In short, these men are seeking that their hearts become one with the heart of the Good Shephard.”
Those young men attending the seminary at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois are:
John Hoang – Theology 4
Victor Trinidad – Theology 4
Robain Lamba – Theology 3
Angelbert Chikere – STL
Manuel Barrios – Theology 1
Joseph Nguyen – Theology 1
Joseph Tran – Pastoral Year
Tony Famave – Pastoral Year
Robert Lamorena – Pre-Theology 1
Ryan Mau – Pre-Theology 1
Duy Nguyen – Pre-Theology 1
Ricky Ferrer – Pastoral Year
“I ask you to be willing to invest in the future of this local Church, the Diocese of San Jose, by helping me to support the men who will celebrate the sacraments and offer priestly presence and spiritual guidance to you, your children and your grandchildren,” the Bishop added.
As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
-1 Peter 4:10
To learn more about the Seminarian Appeal, and to make a donation, visit www.dsj.org/seminarian-appeal.