I have advocated for adopting-a-seminarian here before. When “adopting,” you pledge to pray for the seminarian daily, send letters or emails often, dedicate Mass for him once a month, send care packages from time to time, invite him to dinner over breaks, etc.
Great idea, right? Sure, assuming those seminarians are studying in counties like the United States where internet access and regular mail delivery is taken for granted. I was smacked in the face with my assumptions when I read this at Brandon Vogt’s blog The Thin Veil:
“In Cameroon, Africa, books are rare—especially the good ones. My friend Linus is studying at one of the seminaries, and he says the situation is even worse there. The seminaries are bursting at the seams with young men, yet most lack solid Catholic materials. The libraries are meager and while most of the seminaries have computers, internet is spotty at best.
But what if we could change that? What if we could provide good Catholic books for every seminarian?”
And Brandon decided to take action in order to get good Catholic books in the hands of our future priests. Along with a few friends, he created the Africa eBook project. His goal is to send 2,000 CDs to seminarians in Cameroon, Africa, each loaded with Catholic eBooks that seminarians here in America have quick access to. For just $2, YOU can donate one CD and join the movement.
The Des Moines Diocese has benefitted greatly from having African priests assigned to some of our parishes. Maybe the man who receives your gift might just be assigned to a parish in your diocese one day?
$2.00 will go a long way helping him along his vocation journey. $2.00!
Click here to make a donation.