The parish priest is central to the daily spiritual growth of Catholics. To teach Jesus Christ, fully present in the Eucharist, we need priests. We have all heard for many years of the national shortage of priests. As the number of retiring priests grows, the need for seminarians to replace them has become more pressing.
By the grace of God, many men are answering the call to discern the priesthood and the Archdiocese of Mobile is producing vocations. As of 2019, the Archdiocese of Mobile has 21 men in formation and the Office of Vocations has received 9 new applications just this year. The Lord has blessed us with more and more worthy “homegrown” men from right here in Central and Southern Alabama. These ordinary men are extraordinary in their steadfast decision to be men of faith.
We have any opportunity to set ourselves up for a continually growing source of seminarian income, but it will require initial investment to make this exciting future a reality. In order to prepare and have the greatest impact on the needs of our seminarians and clerical future of the Archdiocese, the Generations of Faith – Endowing Our Future with Hope campaign seeks to raise $9,000,000 for the Seminarian Endowment.
“God's invitation to me to join the seminary was undeniable. So undeniable that I was willing to surrender my hopes for marriage, a family, and the career that I had pursued tirelessly for the last decade. I now look forward to being Christ’s hands in the world for the faithful, and an intercessor on their behalf. I want to help others encounter the love Christ has for them, whether it be from the altar, the ambo, the confessional, the classroom, or somewhere else. Which of those I am doing at any particular moment matters little to me, as long as I am helping others encounter Christ’s love.“