Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

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St. Peter Apostle Summer Appeal 2018

A home and a prayer. That’s what Father David Njuguma Kiranga is seeking for the 237 young men preparing for the priesthood at St. Augustine’s Major Seminary in Mabanga in western Kenya. Prayers as they prepare to carry the Lord’s love to uplift the poor, to celebrate the Sacraments, to reach out to children and families, and to comfort the sick and dying. And, for right now, financial help to provide a home for these young men during their studies.

“We’ve run out of room, and many students are crowded into an old convent near the seminary, with offices made into bedrooms,” Father David explains. And, the existing 40-plus-year-old seminarian housing is in desperate need of repair and renovations as well. 

Growing numbers of young men respond to the call of our Lord to follow Him as priests, and as existing seminaries need reconstruction and rehabilitation. Will you give a seminarian a home and your prayers as he prepares to show the Lord’s loving heart and celebrate the Eucharist in any one of the most vulnerable communities around the globe?

Each year the Society for the Propagation of the Faith/Society of St. Peter Apostle sends support for some 30,000 young men preparing for the priesthood in mission seminaries providing textbooks, technology, housing, food and medical care. Renovations and construction described by Father David in Kenya break down to about $180 a seminarian. Annual support for studies is $700 for the year, about $60 a month.

I extend my gratitude for your generous missionary heart.  Know that you are in a special place in my prayers during these summer months.

Sincerely in Christ,


Sister Mary Ellen Brett, SSJ
Diocesan Director