“I want to give people here in the Holy Land the example that Jesus gives us – to show love and courage. The priest is above all someone who serves.
“I will get my courage from here – the land where Jesus lived. He said ‘I am with you always.’ I try never to forget that.”
– Narwan Azeez Hassan, a 20-year-old seminarian at Beit Jala Seminary in Bethlehem
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Helping to train the priests of tomorrow
Aid to the Church in Need is providing vital assistance to help train seminarians to become the priests of tomorrow.
Priests – especially ones native to the country where they serve – play a vital role bringing God to Christians who suffer persecution or oppression.
In some countries, many Catholics only see their priest once every few months. For them, the Holy Sacrifice of Mass is a very rare occurrence. Often their priest has such a large parish to serve that he cannot visit every community more frequently.
And for others, religious freedom has only recently been won, after decades of atheist regimes. Priests are vital to nurture the seeds of faith in these spiritual wastelands.
Training new priests to increase the number of clergy ministering to Christian communities is a crucial part of Aid to the Church in Need's work.
Thanks to you, we are able to help around 15,000 seminarians a year as they try their vocation to the priesthood.
One in seven seminarians around the world would be unable to continue their studies without your help. In Eastern Europe nearly all seminaries are completely funded by the generosity of Aid to the Church in Need’s benefactors.
Greek Catholic seminarians process through the streets of Lviv, Ukraine
Seminarians at Mass in Grodno Seminary in Belarus
Seminarians processing at Rudno Seminary in Ukraine
Seminarians hard at work studying in Brazil
Seminarians in a classroom in Ethiopia
Seminarians in class in Lithuania
Seminarians singing in Romania
Seminarians gather in a corridor in Lviv, Ukraine
Two seminarians in the snow at the Greek Catholic Seminary in Rudno, Ukraine
How can I help a seminarian on his path to the priesthood?
For around £500, Aid to the Church in Need can support the education and living expenses of a seminarian outside Europe for a year.
Your donation – no matter how small – can make a big difference to a young man trying his vocation to the priesthood.
And your prayers will help nurture their spirituality and commitment to serving the faithful. Please be assured of the prayers of all the seminarians who Aid to the Church in Need supports.
Aid to the Church in Need supports seminaries training candidates for the priesthood. We are unable to provide support to individual seminarians.
This is especially important so that any seminarian who may have doubts about his vocation should not feel under undue pressure to complete his training because he has been sponsored.
A candidate for the priesthood will apply to a Religious Order or to a Diocese.
After interviews and a rigorous selection process, successful candidates embark upon a period of training that can take up to seven years.
In this time they will test their vocation to the priesthood and deepen their commitment to embarking on a lifelong ministry of faith.