‘Following the Call’: Tomorrow’s Priest Collection 2021

+ Our Diocese had 22 seminarians studying for the priesthood this year.
+ The average cost for tuition, room and board is $45,000 per seminarian, creating an annual expense of approximately $1 million dollars.
+ Seminarians study at five different seminaries, 2 college and 3 theologates.
+ Seminary formation programs and local diocesan efforts are developed around four pillars: human, spiritual intellectual and pastoral.

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A message from our Bishop:

During this Year of St. Joseph, I have been entrusting our seminarians to his intercession and encouraging them to look to Joseph as a model for the fatherhood they are aspiring to live.

This year we had twenty-two young men in seminary studies for our Diocese. We will be ordaining three of those men to the priesthood on May 29 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. While not open to the public, a live stream of the ordination Mass will be available through our Diocesan website and social media. I invite you to watch and pray for our newest priests.

The cost of seminary education is among the largest expenses we have as a Diocese, but also one of the greatest investments we can make. With tuition, room, board and other expenses, the cost of educating a seminarian is about $45,000 per year. When you multiply that amount by the number of seminarians, it creates an annual expense of roughly a million dollars in seminary education every year.

Each May the Diocese takes up a special collection, the “Tomorrow’s Priest” Fund, which is essential to offsetting this expense. I am grateful for your past generosity with this collection. Any amount you might be able to provide in this moment would be of great help. In addition to your financial support, please continue to pray to the Lord that he will increase the number of men from our Diocese who are being called to the priesthood. The ‘harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few’ as the evangelist tells us.

I keep you all consistently in my prayer, and may God bless you.

Sincerely yours in Christ,



Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr.
Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph

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