Adopt-a-Seminarian Program

“Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest."                                                                                                                                                                                       -Matthew 9:35-38   

Thoughts From a Few Men
Who Have Been "Adopted" Through Our Program

Fr. Christopher Bond writes,
“As a seminarian, my discernment of the priesthood was constantly nurtured through the continuous prayers of those who adopted me through this program.  As a priest, I witness the fruits of those same prayers every day!”

Fr. Matthew Bean writes,
"The program is something that greatly affected me as a seminarian.  First, it allowed me to keep a close connection with my home parish when I was far away at seminary and second, it also gave me great support to know that many people of the parish were praying for me and my vocation."

Seminarian Aaron Huber writes,
“I have had the privilege of being edified by the holiness of the faithful as well as their love and respect for the clergy of Mother church.  This adoption program encourages me in my discernment and keeps me connected to the faithful."  (Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Diocese, CNH)
FREE to Participate! Join Us!

Our annual Adopt-a-Seminarian program focuses on providing prayer support and practical encouragement to all seminarians studying in the diocese of Charlotte in North Carolina.  Each year the adoption program runs the length of the school year, from August to May.  

This program helps both laity and future Priests!  It introduces the men who may become future Priests, to prayerful laity in the diocese where they will one day serve as Pastors and shepherds.  Seminarians are able to experience the love of laity who are striving for holiness, and who are demonstrating their support through prayer and practical means.  In turn, this program gives the laity a personal connection with a man who is also striving to be holy and follow Jesus. The seminarians pray for their adoptive families too!  This prayerful relationship can be sanctifying for both parities.

Participation is Easy - Here's How the Program Works in 3 Easy Steps: 
  1. LET US KNOW YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE: Fill out the form below, or stop by our booth at the Charlotte Diocese Eucharistic Congress September 6 or 7, 2019. 
  2. RECEIVE YOUR ADOPTION KIT: This free kit, provided by email or at our booth the Eucharistic Congress, is a little packet which includes the name, photo, and information to help you prayerfully and practically support your seminarian.  
  3. PRAY, SEND A NOTE OF ENCOURAGEMENT: During the school year, pray for your seminarian and send him one note encouragement to introduce yourself and let him know you are praying for him (any support above and beyond this is optional, and we provide resources to help you decide if you'd like to do more).
Adopt-a-Seminarian Timeline for the 2019 - 2020 School Year

  1. Receive your adoption kit by signing up using the form below anytime after August 15, 2019 (adoption kit received via email within a week), or drop by our booth at the Charlotte Diocese Eucharistic Congress on September 6 & 7, 2019 (receive your adoption kit immediately at the booth). 
  2. The 2019-2020 adoption school year ends May 2, 2020, to coincide with the timing of most seminarians preparing for their final exams before the summer break.

Frequently Asked Questions

May I pick the seminarian I'd like to support, or will I be surprised?
Either one, your choice!  When you fill out the form above, you're given 2 options: you can indicate you're open to adopting any seminarian, in which case your seminarian will be selected for you in a prayerfully random fashion; or you can fill in the name of a seminarian in the box indicated.  We want to ensure that each and every seminarian is adopted and has loving members of Christ's faithful praying for him!

Can I adopt more than one seminarian?
Absolutely!  Just complete a separate form for each seminarian request, or you can list their names all in one form in the text box.  If you adopt more than one, just remember to please treat each one as an individual (e.g. send each one a separate note of encouragement, etc.)

Why do you ask for my email and phone number?
Some adoption kits are sent via email when we're unable to arrange to bring you the paper copy.  Also, while rare, it has happened on occasion that we've had a reason to reach out to the adoptive family during the year with a program or seminarian update, so having your email and phone number makes it easy to communicate should the need arise.  Don't worry, we're not sharing your contact info with third parties - it stays within the P4P program.

Will I really receive an "adoption kit"?
Yes!  An adoption kit is one of the unique things about our program.  The kit includes things like the name and photo of your seminarian (great to put on your fridge as a reminder to pray for him), school info and mailing address, important dates for him during the year (if available), and a few details to help you get to know him a little better.  We will also include some ideas for you to consider around spiritual and practical support.  The adoption kit is especially helpful to parents with young children and teens, to help their young ones have a better sense of engagement with supporting the men in discernment.

What am I required to do as a participant in this program?
Only 2 things: pray for your seminarian for the current school year (between September 30 and May 2), and mail him a card or letter introducing yourself, and letting him know you're praying for him.  Our intention is that participation in the program does not create a financial burden, so, for example, if someone is unable to afford the cost of the stamp for the letter, they are released from this part of the obligation.

Can my prayer group adopt a seminarian so we can support him together as a group initiative?
Yes!  Groups are welcome to adopt a seminarian!  Examples of groups who have adopted a seminarian include Bible study classes, Knights of Columbus fraternities, grade school classes, faith formation classes, and prayer groups. If you are signing up on behalf of a group, just add the group's name after your last name in the sign up form.

If I don't live in the Charlotte Diocese, can I still participate in this program?
Yes!  We welcome your participation and are thrilled to have you join us in prayerfully supporting these men striving for holiness and discerning a call from the Lord.  We greatly appreciate our out of area participants!