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. 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.