Seminarian Education

Endowment Fund

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.

Current Value

Reaching our goal will provide a yearly allocation of $200,000 to the Seminarian Education Program

About this Fund

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 27 seminarians in formation, a 160% increase from 2008 and 3 men will be 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.

  • 83
    Seminarians have been supported during formation since 2001
  • $35,000
    Average cost per year to train one seminarian, including tuition, and room and board
  • $62,669
    Distributions from this fund in 2017

Fund News

4th 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.

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2018 Ordinations to the Priesthood

The Most Rev. Mark Joseph Seitz, D.D., Bishop of El Paso, ordained Germán Alzate and Victorino Loresca to the Priesthood on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 6:30 pm during a special Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral in downtown El Paso.

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Increase 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.

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Two 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.

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The 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.

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Progress: Bishop's Ministry Appeal 2018

This year, Progress turns 35! Established in 1983, Progress, the Bishop's Ministry Appeal, is an annual diocesan fundraising campaign to support the day-to-day operations of ministries and services within our diocese.

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The 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.

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2017 Priesthood Ordination

The Most Rev. Mark Joseph Seitz, D.D., Bishop of El Paso, ordained Cong Vo to the Priesthood on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm during a special Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral in downtown El Paso.

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And The Oscar Goes To...

Lopez Scrap Metal "The Oscar" Sponsor of a Special Benefit for Seminarians at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

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The 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.

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Longtime 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.

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Seminarians 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.

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Foundation 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.

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Seminarians 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.

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Knights 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.

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Upcoming Events

September 20, 2018

12th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner: Walking with the Saints

Guest speaker Colleen Carroll Campbell is an author, print & broadcast journalist, and former presidential speechwriter. The Foundation of Faith Dinner aims to bring the community together to celebrate our Catholic faith, experience the wisdom and grace of renowned national and international speakers, and disseminate the Stewardship message of “Pray. Serve. Give.”

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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.

Other Ways to Give

In addition to online donations, there are a variety of ways you can donate to support this fund.

By Phone or Mail

To donate by phone, please call:
(915) 872-8412
(Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT)

To mail your donation:
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Monthly Giving

Monthly giving can be a powerful way to provide sustainable, long-term support for our Catholic community. As little as $20 (66 cents a day) can make a difference for the people and parishes that are helped by the ministries and charities of the Diocese of El Paso.

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Legacy & Planned Giving

Make a planned gift through a charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, life insurance policy, retirement plan, or other planned giving instrument.

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Establish a Named Fund

Donors may create a Named Fund with a gift or pledge of $10,000 or more over a five-year period benefiting the endowment fund of their choice. If you are interesting in establishing a Named Fund in honor of an endowment fund, please contact us online or call (915) 872-8412.

Named Fund Donors Supporting the Seminarian Education

Anonymous Fund (2)
Leroy and Rose Baeza Fund
John A. and Eppie Bayer Fund
Catholic Church Extension Society Fund
Marshall and Julia Condon† Fund El Paso Community Foundation
Gregory Y. Daw Family Fund
Mark and Elizabeth Daw Family Fund
Yaz Daw Family Fund in honor of Msgr. Francis J. Smith
Manuel and Guadalupe de la Rosa Fund
Angela Delgado Fund
Dr. Victor and Susan Diaz Fund
Gilbert G. & Lupe Estrada Fund
Robert V.† and Juanita S. Falvey Fund
Rita Foster Fund†
Andrew Gallardo Fund
Dr. and Dr. Jesus A. Gomez Fund
James Morgan and Ceil Jellett Fund
Knights of Columbus Texas State Council #78177 Fund
Anthony W. Laduca Fund
Isidro and Lisa Lopez Fund
Rudolph and Elvia Miles Fund
Our Lady of Guadalupe Apostalate Fund
Yvonne Richardson Fund
Scanlan Foundation Fund
Dorothy A. Schatzman Fund
Jody and Shaw Skinner Family Fund
St. Mark Parish Fund
St. Raphael Parish Fund
Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Fund
Russell and Marty Vandenburg Fund
Col. Thomas E. and Lillian Walters Fund
Paul and Patricia Yetter Fund for the Yaz Daw Family Fund in honor of Msgr. Francis J. Smith
2nd Community Neocatechumen Our Lady of the Light Fund
Benjamin A. and Machelle Vanecek Fund
Irma L. Mejia Fund for Seminarian Education
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