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Seminarian and Clergy Formation Collection

Deacon Mark Dunmire
Fourth Theology
Saint Mary Seminary
Baltimore, MD
Christopher Pujol
Second Theology
Saint Charles Borromeo
Seminary, Wynnewood, PA
Andrew Hamilton
First Theology
Saint Vincent Seminary
Latrobe, PA
Craig Alexander
Pre-Theology II
Saint Vincent Seminary
Latrobe, PA
David Slusarick
Pre-Theology II
Saint Mark Seminary
Erie, PA
Aidan Kerlin
College I
Saint Mark Seminary
Erie, PA
Jeremy Zawelensky
College I
Saint Mark Seminary
Erie, PA

“Let us pray for seminarians, that they may listen to the voice of the Lord and follow it with courage and joy.”
—Pope Francis

We invite you to invest in the journey of those who have been called to minister as priests and deacons here in the Diocese of Greensburg. We are all on a journey. We are never alone, as Jesus said, “I am with you always.” Our seminarians and deacon candidates, our international priests serving in a foreign land and also our native priests benefit from our affirmations of support. Through your prayers, notes, letters, emails and your financial support they are renewed and supported on their journey.

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At once they left their nets and followed him. (Mt. 4:20)

Each time I read the familiar Scripture passage about Jesus calling the first disciples, I admire their courage and generosity. These simple fishermen sacrificed everything to follow the call of the Lord, including their homes and careers.  When Jesus asked them to make an investment in his ministry, they gave their entire lives to him.

The Lord continues to call men today to make the same investment of service in our Church.  I am excited to inform you that in May I accepted two recent high school graduates into our Diocesan Priestly Formation program.  Aidan and Jeremy received a call from God, and they are willing to invest their lives in an eight-year journey of discernment in our seminary program.  They will invest much energy, talent and work in the process, but God will give them so much more in return.  We will always need priests and ordained deacons who are willing and able to invest their lives in order to preach the Word of God, celebrate the sacraments and lead people to the Kingdom of God.

Today, I am asking you to help me provide the resources needed to educate and form priests and deacons in our church so that they can be effective ministers to us now and to future generations. I am asking you to invest in the journeys of our seminarians, priests and permanent deacons by renewing your support of the Seminarian and Clergy Formation Collection.

The annual Seminarian and Clergy Formation collection supports the training of our seminarians and candidates for the permanent diaconate. It provides for the ongoing education of our priests and permanent deacons. This collection also supports our International Priests Program, which is so vital to us as we seek to provide for the sacramental and pastoral needs of our parishes at a time when the number of native-born clergy is declining.

But I truly believe that prayers are even more important than financial assistance. Prayer opens hearts to God’s will. So I am also asking you to pray for those who are being called by God to ordained ministry by participating in our “Called to Pray” appeal. In response, I will keep your special intention in my daily prayers in the coming months. You may include your prayer intention on the reverse side of the tear-off card below.

Thank you for the ongoing support you give to our clergy and those in formation by your prayers and other sacrifices. Know that any help you give is essential to the future strength of our Diocesan Church. I know that God will reward you for the investment you offer to Him. 

May God bless you and those you love.

Your brother in Christ,

The Most Reverend Edward C. Malesic, JCL
Bishop of Greensburg

 Called to Pray Appeal

Learn more about the Called to Pray AppealWe ask you to pray for those who are being called by God to ordained ministry by participating in our
“Called to Pray” appeal.

To do so, please visit the appeal page and follow the instructions for submitting your prayer intentions anonymously.