Nota Bene: Most seminarians will be returning to their home parish in late Advent (starting around December 15th-ish), to celebrate the Christmas liturgies with their families.  The seminarians do not expect gifts.  However, if you are sending a Christmas present to your adopted seminarian, please send it to him at his seminary so it arrives by the end of the first week in December, to ensure he receives it before his break (otherwise, he will receive it after he returns from break in early January, either after Epiphany or after the Baptism of the Lord).



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! It's Our 7th Year!

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 to May.

This ministry helps both laity and future Priests!  It introduces the men who may become future Pastors to prayerful laity in the diocese where they will one day 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 means.  In turn, this program gives the laity a personal connection with a man who is also striving to be holy and follow Jesus. Our seminarians pray for their adoptive families too!  This prayerful relationship can be sanctifying for both parties.  Check out our Q&A below for more information.

How to Participate in 3 Easy Steps:

1. Let us know you want to participate. Fill out the form below anytime.
2. Then you'll receive your Adoption Kit.  This free kit will be sent to you via email within 3 days of signing up. 
3. Finally, pray and send a note of encouragement to your seminarian.  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).

To view our current seminarians on the Charlotte Diocese website, please click here.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How does this spiritual adoption ministry differ from others?
Great question!  There are several differences - for example:
  1. Some adoption ministries offer 1 type of support, such as prayer coverage or practical support.  We offer both options.
  2. Some adoption ministries act as the go-between, between those who adopt and the seminarian.  In other words, they ask you to send the cards, donations, etc., to the ministry, and then the ministry is the one who provides those things directly to the seminarian.  Our philosophy is a little different: instead, we want to give those who adopt the ability to directly support their seminarian and get to know the man who may one day be their Pastor! 
  3. We provide an Adoption kit updated each year with real time information to facilitate the prayer and support relationship. 

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?
Adoption kits are sent via email when we're unable to arrange to bring you a paper copy.  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!  The Adoption Kit is one of the unique things about this ministry.  The kit includes the following items (for more detail, check out the pages under this section that give an example of each):
  1. the Adoption Certificate: this has the name and photo of your seminarian and other important information, as well as a few details to help you get to know him a little better.
  2. the Adoption Guide: this is a booklet containing real time needs based on where your seminarian is in school, and where he is in the formation process, should you like to help with in a spiritual or practical way.
  3. the Adopt-a-Seminarian Prayer Card
The adoption kit is especially useful for 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 asked to do as a participant in this program?
Only 2 things: pray for your seminarian for the current school year (between August 15 and May 14), 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 is easy and does not create a financial burden, so for example, if someone is unable to afford the cost of the stamp to send a letter to their seminarian, they are not obligated to do so.

I'm part of a ministry at my parish - can we adopt a seminarian together so we can support him 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, the Columbiettes, Catholic school classrooms, 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!