“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 Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers for His harvest."
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 Catholic News Herald)
Free & Easy to Participate in 3 Easy Steps:
Let us know you want to participate. Fill out the form below
anytime (or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org). Technical tip: Be sure to add our domain @pray4priests.com to your safe sender's email list. if you don't hear from us with a day, check your spam or junk email box in case the email was "rerouted" by the internet service provider.
Then you'll receive your contact-free Adoption Kit by email. This free kit consists of the Adoption Certificate for your seminarian, the Adoption Guide, and the Adoption Prayer Card, and will be emailed to you within 3 days of your sign up.
3. Finally, pray for your seminarian and send him a note of encouragement. During this school year (from August 15 to May 14), 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).
Our Ministry Purpose and Focus:
Our annual Adopt-a-Seminarian program focuses on providing prayer support and practical encouragement to all seminarians studying in the diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina during each seminary school year, from August 15 to May 14.
This ministry helps both laity and future priests! It
introduces the men who may become pastors to prayerful laity in the
diocese where they desire to serve as 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 encouragement.
this program gives the laity a personal spiritual connection with a man who is also
striving to be holy and follow Jesus, and may one day be their pastor. Our seminarians pray for their adoptive
This prayerful relationship can be sanctifying for both parties. Check out our FAQ (frequently asked questions) tab for more information.
A reflection from our spiritual director, The Very Reverend Herbert T. Burke, V.F.,
for our 8th annual adoption year.
This year, the picture we chose for our Adoption Kit is called “Christ, the Consoler”, by Carl Bloch. It brings to mind the significance of that “harvest" to which Jesus referred, and which we pray about in the Adopt-a-Seminarian prayer — the harvest being the people that God is calling to Himself.
No seminarian desires priesthood for himself alone. And no priest ministers solely for his own benefit.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us of the reason for the ministerial priesthood where it says, “The ministerial or hierarchical priesthood of bishops and priests, and the common priesthood of all the faithful participate, each in its own proper way, in the one priesthood of Christ. While being ordered one to another, they differ essentially...the common priesthood of the faithful is exercised by the unfolding of baptismal grace...the ministerial priesthood is at the service of the common priesthood. It is directed at the unfolding of the baptismal grace of all Christians. The ministerial priesthood is a means by which Christ unceasingly builds up and leads his Church.” (CCC #1544 -1547)
The harvest on the mind of all seminarians and priests, is a harvest of souls. The picture of Christ, as the loving and welcoming consoler of souls, seemed especially poignant in this year in which we have all been through a centennial global pandemic, at the cost of many lives. For those who have suffered, are suffering, or will suffer in the future for any reason, know that Christ, the Consoler, is ready to welcome you with open arms.