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Fund the Training of Seminarians in Belarus
ACN has continued to provide regular support for the training of the seminarians here. During this academic year there are 33 young men preparing for the priesthood. Will you help these seminarians?
Last year the Catholic seminary in Grodno celebrated its 25-year Jubilee. ACN helped this seminary right from the start, and so, on the occasion of the Jubilee celebrations, the rector of the seminary, Dr. Roman Raczko wrote to us: "It would certainly be difficult to imagine our existence and what we have achieved in this time, without your help."
When the seminary opened on September 1, 1990, the Soviet Union still existed, and this was the first Catholic seminary to be reopened within its territory. In August 1991, Belarus became an independent country, and in April of the same year the Diocese of Grodno was established.
The early beginnings were extremely difficult. The Grodno seminary was established in a former convent that had been confiscated by the communists. Some sections of the forensic medical services had been housed in the building, and it took 10 years before it could be completely renovated. Initially, there was not even a refectory. But despite the unfavorable circumstances, the seminary was still able to open its doors as early as 1990, and the first eight priests to emerge from this seminary were ordained in 1995.
ACN has continued to provide regular support for the training of the seminarians here. During this academic year there are 33 young men preparing for the priesthood. We are supporting their formation with $22,400.
Will you give to fund the training of these seminarians in Belarus? We are sure they will gratefully remember you in their prayers.
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