The Seminarian Education Endowment Fund was created to ensure continual resources for the recruitment and training of seminarians to serve as the future leadership of the Diocese of El Paso. Pray for priests!
Reaching our goal will provide a yearly allocation of $200,000 to the Seminarian Education Program
The Seminarian Education Endowment Fund is a permanent fund made up of designated gifts. Distributions are made on an annual basis to support tuition, room and board and other expenses related to training seminarians. Currently 19 men are studying to become priests, with a couple more still discerning. In 2020, Iván Montelongo was ordained to the priesthood and is now studying canon law. Wilbert Colas was ordained to the priesthood in 2021. José William Arévelo Narváez, Astry Déraly, César García-Ortega, Edroud Jean, and Sergio Legarreta Carrasco, moved another step closer to their 2022 priestly ordination when they were ordained transitional deacons in April of this year.
One of our greatest areas of focus is the Seminarian Education Endowment Fund, created to ensure continual resources for the recruitment and training of seminarians to serve as the future leadership of our Diocese. Recruiting and educating seminarians is a significant and critical investment, and the responsibility of providing priests for the Diocese of El Paso, both spiritually and financially, belongs to all of us.
St. Charles Seminary was founded in 1961 by Bishop Sidney M. Metzger to provide spiritual, human, intellectual and pastoral formation for young men called to become priests. For a young man seeking to be a priest, our intensive formation program requires four years of undergraduate education towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and four to five years of theological studies in Major Seminary for a Master of Divinity degree, which includes a ten-week spirituality program at Creighton University in Omaha, a three-month supervised hospital ministry training program, and one full year of pastoral internship at a parish within our diocese.
Because the number of seminarians is increasing, so is our need to raise money for their education and living costs. The average cost to train one seminarian is $45,000 annually. The cost includes room and board, education, health insurance and travel expenses. Men are not allowed to work in the seminary, they must devote themselves to prayer and study. The annual budget to run the seminary is now $1 million. Your gifts will help offset these costs.
Funding for seminarian education comes from a variety of sources including the Seminarian Education Endowment Fund, Progress: Catholic Ministry Appeal, Serra Club, Filipino-American community, Knights of Columbus, second collections, and generous individuals and organizations.
June 26, 2020Seminarian Angel Tarango is Working in Hospital Ministry during his Clinical Pastoral Experience
CPE (Clinical Pastoral Experience) follows the third year of study and is required for the M.Div. degree (Master of Divinity) at Mundelein Seminary where Angel is in formation.Read more
April 29, 2020Seminarians: Social Media Disciples During COVID-19
See what our seminarians are doing to continue bringing the Good News to the faithful in the Diocese of El Paso during the pandemicRead more
April 24, 2018The Herrera Group Sponsors a Sold Out Benefit for Seminarians at El Paso's Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
The Herrera Group Sponsored a Sold Out Benefit for seminarian education. The Catholic Foundation presented Risen on 3 Screens on Wednesday, April 18 at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. It’s an epic Biblical story about the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of the non-believer, and his ultimate conversion. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Seminarian Education Endowment Fund.Read more
September 07, 2016Seminarians Awarded the Prestigious Canary Grant
Fr. John Kartje, Rector and President of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary, announced that seminarians Michael Lewis and Ivan Montelongo had been selected as recipients of a 2016 Monsignor John Canary Theological Enrichment Fund grant.Read more
January 19, 2016Foundation exceeds the 2015 Catholic Extension Seminarian Challenge
Catholic Extension challenged El Paso to raise $150,000 for the Seminarian Education Endowment Fund with a 1:3 match and donors responded. This challenge brought in over $175,000 in new gifts and Catholic Extension matched your efforts with another $50,000.Read more
December 22, 2015Seminarians serenade the Serra Club during the annual celebration of our future priests
Seminarians serenaded the Serra Club during the annual celebration of our future priests. They are a bright group of young men who will lead our diocese in the future.Read more
October 14, 2015Knights of Columbus Support Seminarian Education Endowment Fund at Clergy Dinner
The Foundation staff enjoyed a delicious dinner for our clergy hosted by the Knights of Columbus. The icing on the cake was the generous gift they presented to Bishop Mark for the Seminarian Education Endowment Fund.Read more
September 23, 2021
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Endowed funds provide a vehicle through which individuals make outright or planned gifts that will have an everlasting impact on the ministry/parish/school. In time the income generated by the gift will far exceed the original donation.As a result, endowed funds provide a perpetual, supplemental source of income for such things as the enhancement of programs and ministries, facilities maintenance, scholarships and seminary assistance, priest retirement, etc. Learn more about endowed funds.
In addition to online donations, there are a variety of ways you can donate to support this fund.
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Monthly giving is a powerful way to provide sustainable, long-term support. As little as $20 (66 cents a day) can make a difference for the people helped by the parishes, schools, ministries, and charities in the Diocese of El Paso.
Creating a bequest in your will for the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso is a powerful statement in your legacy, and costs you nothing today.
Donors may create a Named Fund benefiting the endowed fund of their choice with a gift or pledge of $10,000 or more over a five-year period. If you're interested in creating a legacy in honor or memory of a loved one, contact us online or call (915) 872-8412.