They’ve made a commitment to us, to provide spiritual care and practical charity for those in need. They do so in parishes, in prisons, hospitals and schools, and in many other ways, preaching, teaching, and being there to offer support and guidance.
Called to Serve
Those who decide to train for the priesthood have made a commitment to our faith. Without their sacrifice our community would be all the poorer.
The calibre of those who have answered God’s call to serve as priests gives us hope for the future. We must prepare these men as best we can for all the challenges that the world can throw at them. As a church we are committed to ensuring that they receive robust preparation under the guidance of expert mentors.
Through six years of formation, and a lifelong commitment to study and prayer, each priest is taught to serve others helping them on their journey. During their education, seminarians also acquire expertise in philosophy and theology as well as gaining new spiritual maturity.
In a world that seems increasingly reluctant to take risks, the challenge of a lifelong commitment to serve God and God’s people is daunting. But those who enter seminary know that they are supported by family and friends in their home diocese.
Priests are called to live simple lives but high-quality training comes at a price. On average the Archdiocese of Cardiff invests £189,000 in the formation of each seminarian over seven years. Yet following ordination a priest may give back more than 40 or 50-years’ service, so the investment brings a considerable return.
Can you help?
Investing in the education of priests ensures that future generations will enjoy the support and guidance of a parish priest. We ask our friends, and those who share our vision for a world transformed by Jesus Christ, to consider how they might be able to help. If you would like to support the Priests Training Fund click the button below to give online.
Alternatively, you can donate at your parish during the annual collection where Gift Aid envelopes will be provided.
Your generosity and prayers make this possible. Thank you.
And remember, if you are unable to help us now, please consider remembering the Archdiocese in your Will. You can find information by clicking here.