Needs funds to fulfill traditional formation to the priesthood
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My brother, Martin, is 19 years old and is currently studying to be a Canon in the Institute of Christ the King.
Since the age of 15, Martin has felt the call to live in a religious community, especially one that adhered to reverence and Tradition. He felt called to holiness and missionary service and to spread the treasure of the classical Roman liturgy to others.
As the years passed he found his place to be among the seminarians of the Institute of Christ the King, a Roman Catholic society of apostolic life of pontifical right in communion with the Holy See of the Catholic Church. The only foreseeable concern was his ability to pay the tuition necessary for the seven to nine years it takes to complete the seminary program and be ordained a priest.
Growing up in a family of seven, living on the sole income of a hard working Dad, Martin was used to cutting a few corners in daily life - such as hand me downs and not having the latest cell phone. But his dreams of attending a seminary that led to a traditional Catholic formation to the priesthood seemed pretty unrealistic. He could have easily joined the local Diocesan Seminary for free! However, such a route was inconsistent with his spiritual goals.
As Martin and our family became more involved in our local Latin Mass parish, we became more and more educated on and devoted to the use of traditional Latin Liturgy for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and other sacraments. We all agreed that attending a specifically traditional and faithfully Catholic seminary was the only spiritually practical option. Martin desired to wholly serve the Catholic Church in the most reverent way the Catholic Church offered. After examining the local, and less traditional Catholic seminaries, he knew his desire would not be fulfilled. After speaking with his confessor, and his Catholic peers about his concerns, it was decided: he should attend either the FSSP (Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter) or the ICKSP (Institute of Christ the King), the only two traditional seminaries he could find and thereby discern his vocation to the priesthood. The only problem was money.
Fortunately, our parents have always been aware of the spiritual and material benefits of a healthy devotion to Saint Joseph. Because of this devotion, they always have given him their financial and material needs, and hoped for the best, and for G-d’s will to be done. This particular need:-- Martin’s possible vocation seemed a worthy investment. They immediately gave it to Saint Joseph, bought Martin’s train ticket to the ICKSP Headquarters in Chicago, and prayed. Now, a year later, Martin is attending the ICKSP seminary, still on fire for this specific order. The $900 a month tuition however, is still a problem.
Once Martin was fully accepted as a Candidate for the Order, he got a job at a farm and worked there until it was time for him to leave for the Seminary, hoping to use his earnings to pay for some of his tuition. Unfortunately, his earnings were not enough, and only covered a few months of tuition, plus some travel expenses.
With Martin now living at the seminary in Germany, our parents are struggling to find a way to help him. Dad picks up extra hours where he can, waking up at 4:15 am for work and coming home around 5 pm. But even with him working six days a week it’s still impossible for my parents to pay the full amount of the monthly tuition, and, at the same time, support the rest of the family.
This past summer, on his one and only summer break, Martin came home and decided to spend two of his four weeks of family time back working his job on the farm in order to earn some money for tuition.
It is so very important to support and pray for good, holy, and faithful priests, especially today as the world faces incredible moral and spiritual challenges.Would YOU please consider making a donation to help Martin pay for his tuition? Our Mom has already began paying for a monthly Mass for all of those who have agreed to donate.
Your prayers for Martin and all priests and seminarians are greatly appreciated, THANK YOU.
Jacinta Boudreau, Martin's sister