The Adopt-a-Seminarian Ministry - It's Our 10th Year!

“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."

                                                                                                                    --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."

Father Aaron Huber wrote during his time as a seminarian:

“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."  

Free & Easy to Participate in 3 Easy Steps:

1. Let us know you want to participate. Fill out the form below anytime (or email us at  Technical tip: Be sure to add our domain to your safe sender's email list.  if you don't hear from us within a day, check your spam or junk email box in case the email was "rerouted" by the internet service provider.  

2. 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).

Click here to see the Current Charlotte Diocese seminarians.

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. 

In turn, 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 families too! 

This prayerful relationship can be sanctifying for both parties.  Check out our FAQ (frequently asked questions) tab for more information.