• The Society of St. Peter Apostle
  • The Society of St. Peter Apostle
  • The Society of St. Peter Apostle
  • The Society of St. Peter Apostle
  • The Society of St. Peter Apostle
  • The Society of St. Peter Apostle

 

Joy-filled and enthusiastic – ready for work.


That describes the 125 young men preparing for the priesthood at St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary in Nairobi, Kenya. And their job, they’ll tell you, is to make Christ present in all times, in all places. And they are doing that even now, as part of their formation. They visit local hospitals, to pray with the sick and dying. They spend time with the many orphans of HIV / AIDS in their African homeland, reminding these children that they have not been abandoned, that the Lord loves them. They help in parishes near the seminary. “Our work is now and will always be about every moment of every day,” explains one seminarian, Joshua, “about filling those moments with God’s love.”

Will you be with a young man in the Missions in this moment as he gets “ready for work” – as he prepares to be a priest among his own people? Mission seminarians receive about $700 in support each year – that’s just about $2 a day, $60 a month. Would you provide such help today, making a donation to the Society of St. Peter Apostle?

Offered one mission seminarian at St. Thomas Aquinas: “We remember you in prayer, with grateful, loving hearts.”

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In 1889, mother and daughter — Stephanie and Jeanne Bigard — answered a desperate plea for help from the Missions. The French missionary bishop of Nagazaki, Japan wrote to the two women asking for help to keep his seminary open because he had run out of the funds necessary to help educate these young men to serve their people as priests. The bishop just did not have the funds to train these young Japanese men whom, he judged, would make excellent priests. The Bigards came to his assistance and started a small group for this purpose in their native Caen, France. From these humble beginnings emerged the Society of St. Peter Apostle. Within five years of sending their first donation to Japan, the Bigards, and those whom they enlisted to help, were sending funds to seminaries in India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Korea and China. The goal of the Society of St. Peter then and now has been to invite individuals to support the education of candidates for the Catholic priesthood in the Developing World and to support the formation of men and women candidates for the Religious life in the Missions. In its first year, the Society of St. Peter Apostle sent help for some 2,700 seminarians in the Missions. Today, some 30,000 major seminarians, mostly in Africa and Asia, receive an annual subsidy of $700 per student.

Some of the seminarians from St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo Nancy Wiechec, CNS

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