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BELARUS: Help for the training of seminarians in GrodnoCategory: Theological formation
Today the seminary in Grodo is flourishing; currently there are 36 young men preparing for priestly ordination.
The seminary in Grodno was the first Catholic seminary to be reopened within the territory of the former Soviet Union. The seminary in Grodno was set up in a former monastery that had been confiscated under the communists. Despite many adverse circumstances, the seminary opened its doors back in September 1990. The first eight priests to pass through this seminary were ordained in 1995 and ACN has supported this seminary right from the start.
Today there are 36 young men preparing here for priestly ordination. 25 of them are studying in the seminary this year (2014); the others are doing their pastoral year, gaining not only theoretical but also practical knowledge and experience of day to day parish work.
Monsignor Józef Staniewski, the rector of the seminary, writes: "Dear benefactors, while we share our joy with you, we are also conscious that without your financial support and your prayers we could not achieve what we are doing. We are profoundly grateful to you for your past help and we are confident that you will also support us again this year.We assure you that we continue to bring all your intentions before the Lord and we commend to God’s Merciful Love all those generous-hearted people who continue to support the great works that ACN fulfils.“