Luke 10:2, "The harvest indeed is great, but the labourers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send labourers into his harvest."
Martin, is 20 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 original 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, 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 his family became more involved in their diocesan Latin Mass parish, they 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. 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.
Now, three years later, Martin is attending the ICKSP seminary, still on fire for this specific order. The $1,250 euros a month tuition, not including the cost of living in the Seminary in Europe, 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.
This year (August 2019) he will be ending his two years of discernment and finally beginning his studies as an official ICKSP seminarian in their St. Philip Neri Seminary, Gricigliano, Italy. His journey to becoming an ICKSP Priest (which, in the Institute, is called, a "Canon") will take at least seven more years of study and preparation.
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 monthly donation to help Martin pay for his tuition? We have already began paying for a monthly Mass for all of those who have agreed to donate, and you will also be included in Martin and his family's daily prayers.
Your prayers for Martin and all priests and seminarians are greatly appreciated, THANK YOU.
The official website of the ICKSP for more information on the Order: http://www.institute-christ-king.org/vocations/seminary-life