“I have a confession to make,” I told the almost 400 seminarians at St. Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary, during one of my trips to India a few years ago. They looked at me, baffled. Had I had sinned so gravely that I needed an absolution from 400 future priests?
I confessed that when I was very young, I was a seminarian, too. But I left after one day! You see, my pastor talked me into entering the seminary with promises of a beautiful soccer field. I soon found out being a priest requires more than that.
When my son was six, I asked him too if he had a vocation to become a priest. He said no, without hesitation. “Priests have to work on Sundays!” he said.
The priests and sisters who help run our Towns, however, work on more than just Sundays. Day after day, year after year, they dedicate their lives to giving our children a chance in life. They teach, encourage, and care for our youth, ensuring they have the opportunity to grow into compassionate and responsible adults. And as you know, our founder was a priest too!
To all of them, I want to express our gratitude for their caring and loving service. They are our partners on the field and the good stewards of your generosity. Without you and them, we would not be able to make a difference in the lives of 1,500 children every year. Thank you!
P.S. One way to help our sisters and priests in Italy, Ethiopia and India is to sponsor a child in need. Click here and with just a few steps you can provide a chance in life to a child. No need to enter a seminary or join a congregation!