Your Appeal Helps Provide Priests for Our Future

by John Mark Willcox, Director of Development

Our current seminarians who are actively discerning their vocation can continue to count on your Appeal donation to provide the required tuition, room and board to assist them with their education at both the college and theologate level of seminary training. Our Appeal has a long tradition of caring for the needs of our seminarians. It also supports our diocesan Office of Church Vocations which continually seeks to identify and enlist men and women for a lifetime of religious service to the Church. This year, the largest percentage of our Appeal allocation of funds will be for the support of our seminarians.

This past month we had the opportunity to witness the ordination of Father Kevin Mues. Thanks to your generosity, our Diocesan Stewardship Appeal was able to support Father Kevin by providing the education he needed during his discernment and formation, nurturing his vocation to the priesthood into fruition. In June we will again have the opportunity to witness your Appeal dollars supporting our future priests as four of our seminarians participate in the Rite of Candidacy Mass on June 2 at the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans at 11:00 a.m. At that Mass, four young men, Nicholas Duncan, Raney Johnson, Jeb Key and Kelby Tingle, will officially become candidates for the priesthood for the Diocese of Shreveport.

It is important to note that this area of ministry is the real future of the Church in our region, as our diocese will be challenged to supply priests to all 38 of our parishes, missions and chapels. Providing new priests for our diocese is a crucial task for our combined faith community and your donation to this worthy cause helps our Appeal lead the way! •

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