The Seminarian Education 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 our men in formation.
Reaching our goal will provide a yearly allocation of $200,000 to the Seminarian Education Program
The Seminarian Education 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. We have 21 seminarians in formation, a 100% increase from 2008. Mike Lewis and Miguel Perez were ordained to the Priesthood in 2019.
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 spirituality 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 exceeds $35,000 annually. The annual budget to run the seminary is now $1 million. This assists your seminarians with tuition, room and board, health care and other expenses—including inviting more men to consider the priesthood. Your gifts will help offset these costs.
Funding for seminarian education comes from a variety of sources including Progress: the Bishop's Annual Appeal, Serra Club, Knights of Columbus, second collections, and generous individuals and organizations.
July 16, 2019Foundation Welcomes New Named Fund for Seminarian Education in Memory of Fr. Rick Matty
An anonymous donor established a Named Fund in memory of Fr. Rick Matty† with a gift of $10,000 in honor of his May 6 heavenly birthday. Fr. Matty was a beloved priest who came to El Paso in 1986. He passed away suddenly on July 16, 2012.Read more
March 09, 2019Priest Hosts Small Birthday Fundraiser, Gets Big Surprise
Fr. Mariano H. López was encouraged by Facebook to host a fundraiser in honor of his birthday and then thousands of dollars poured in for the Seminarian Education Endowment Fund.Read more
December 15, 2018The Filipino-American community celebrated their 16th Annual Simbang Gabi at St. Patrick Cathedral
The Filipino community celebrated the 16th Annual Simbang Gabi at St. Patrick Cathedral on Saturday, December 15. The “Sweet Sixteen” celebration started with a bilingual Mass and was followed by dinner and a cultural celebration. Proceeds from the event benefit the Filipino-American Endowment Fund.Read more
November 29, 2018A Third Man Studying for the Priesthood to be Ordained a Transitional Deacon in 2018
Christus Alapini will be ordained to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate by Bishop Mark J. Seitz on Friday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Santa Rosa de Lima Parish in Pecos.Read more
September 26, 2018Once-in-a-Lifetime Byzantine Concert in El Paso
The Theotokos Orthodox Choir will perform Byzantine music at the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall at the University of Texas at El Paso on Friday, October 12 at 7pm. Tickets for this special one night only event are $12 and can purchased at ticketmaster.com.Read more
September 21, 2018Catholic Foundation Honors Religious Sisters, Raises $90,358 at 12th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner
The Catholic Foundation honored the Daughters of Charity and Sisters of Loretto with the 4th Annual Dei Gratia Award for their extraordinary contributions to the Diocese of El Paso for over a century. The event raised $90,358 in just one night. Proceeds benefit the Foundation whose only purpose is to serve the Catholic Church in the Diocese of El Paso.Read more
July 05, 20184th Annual Dei Gratia Award Winners Announced
The Daughters of Charity and Sisters of Loretto will be honored as the recipients of the Catholic Foundation's 4th Annual Dei Gratia Award during the 12th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner: Walking with the Saints on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the El Paso Convention Center.Read more
May 22, 2018Increase your Retirement with the Catholic Foundation
You make a donation using cash, marketable securities or other assets, and we, in turn, pay you a fixed amount for life. In addition to the opportunity to increase your retirement income as you help shape our future, gift annuities offer you numerous tax benefits.Read more
May 18, 2018Two Men Studying for the Priesthood to be Ordained Transitional Deacons
Michael Lewis and Miguel Perez will be ordained to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate by Bishop Mark J. Seitz on Thursday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral.Read 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 24, 2017The Catholic Foundation raises $121,460 in just one night at the 11th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner, Honors Rudy & Elvia Miles with 3rd Annual Dei Gratia Award
The Catholic Foundation raised $121,460 in just one night at the 11th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner and celebrated the accomplishments of Rudy & Elvia Miles with the 3rd Annual Dei Gratia Award. Proceeds benefit the Foundation whose only purpose is to serve the Catholic Church in the Diocese of El Paso.Read more
December 12, 2016The Catholic Foundation is Proud to Announce Progress 2017: the Bishop's Annual Ministry Appeal
Progress, the Bishop's Annual Appeal is the one diocesan-wide campaign that serves the needs of our people beyond the boundaries of any one parish.Read more
September 18, 2016Longtime El Pasoans Benny & Machelle Vanecek celebrate 50 years of matrimony
Benny and Machelle Vanecek celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows on Saturday, September 3 at 12 noon at St Patrick Cathedral: the same day, time, and place they married in 1966.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 19, 2019
This year our guest is Catholic award-winning singer and songwriter, Matt Maher. The Foundation of Faith Dinner aims to bring the community together to celebrate faith, experience the wisdom and grace of renowned national and international speakers, and disseminate the Stewardship message of, “Pray, Serve, Give.”View Details
Endowment funds provide a vehicle through which individuals make outright or planned gifts that will have an everlasting impact on the 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 endowment funds.
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