EUROPE/POLAND - Campaign for the adoption of seminaries in mission territories: the seminarian of today, is the priest of tomorrow

Thursday, 26 November 2020 pontifical mission societies   missionary animation   seminaries  

Warsaw (Agenzia Fides) - The National Direction of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in Poland has responded to the appeal of Cardinal Luis Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, in favor of the initiatives promoted by the Pontifical Society of St. Peter Apostle, as Fr. Luca Bovio, National Secretary of PUM (Pontifical Missionary Union)informs in the note sent to Agenzia Fides.
“Nearly 80,000 seminarians in mission territories count on our spiritual and material help. Many formation communities are suffering because of the Covid-19 pandemic and that is why we must commit ourselves even more to helping future priests”, underlined Fr. Tomasz Atlas, National Director of the PMS.
Thanks to the national media, the PMS in Poland, throughout the month of November, promoted the missionary campaign for the adoption of seminarians in mission land. The campaign consists of supporting a determined Seminary with constant prayer and material help. On 4 November, in memory of Saint Charles Borromeo, founder of the Seminaries, among other things, a fundraising campaign was launched via the Internet which made it possible to collect nearly 10,000 USD in additional aid for seminarians in mission territories.
For the occasion, short videos were prepared, broadcast on television, radio and also online, aimed at awakening the awareness among the faithful that the seminarian of today will be a priest tomorrow and that his accompaniment must become a priority duty for all, as Fr Maciej Będzinski, national secretary of the Pontifical Society of St. Peter the Apostle, said.
The decrease in the number of those called to the priesthood in our continent should not make us look to the future with pessimism but open ourselves generously to those who, far from us, respond to the call of the Lord. (LB/SL) (Agenzia Fides, 26/11/2020)