After years of declining numbers of priestly vocations, a growing group of men are answering the call of Jesus to serve as priests in the Diocese of San Jose. Last year, the Diocese was blessed with seven seminarians; this year it is twelve.

The blessing of these many vocations presents one particular challenge: the cost of one year of priestly formation averages $50,000 for tuition, room and board and a small monthly stipend. With 12 men in priestly studies, that total is approximately $600,000. While our Annual Diocesan Appeal covers some of this cost, an additional $300,000 still needs to be raised.

As a result, the Bishop is inviting all parishioners to take part in our Seminarian Appeal. Letters will be mailed to all parishioners during the week of September 4.

Those young men attending the seminary at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois are:

John Hoang – Theology 4
Victor Trinidad – Theology 4
Robain Lamba – Theology 3
Angelbert Chikere – STL
Manuel Barrios – Theology 1
Joseph Nguyen – Theology 1
Joseph Tran – Pastoral Year
Tony Famave – Pastoral Year
Robert Lamorena – Pre-Theology 1
Ryan Mau – Pre-Theology 1
Duy Nguyen – Pre-Theology 1
Ricky Ferrer – Pastoral Year

Full story at The Valley Catholic.