Seminarian Partnership Program
History of Vocations in the Diocese of Raleigh
The first native born priest from the Diocese of Raleigh was Servant of God Thomas Frederick Price. He was ordained on June 20, 1886. Since then the Diocese has ordained hundreds of priests.
The Seminarian Partnership Program (SPP) provides an opportunity for individuals, families or groups to support seminarians throughout their path to Priesthood. Your support of the SPP will assist young men answering God’s call to serve.
SPP Membership Benefits
- A special invitation which includes reserved seating at Diocesan activities, including ordinations to the Priesthood and Transitional Diaconate
- Mass for all SPP members to pray for vocations followed by a reception and meal.
Why we need Priests
From our earliest days of life to our final moments on earth, receiving the comforting grace of the Sacraments from a priest has been our experience and that of our loved ones.
It is only the priest, who acts in persona Christi, who can confect the Most Holy Eucharist and thus bring us the source and summit of Christian life (CCC 1324). The future priests of our Diocese will welcome new children of God through the waters of Baptism, preside at weddings, teach us the truths of the Catholic faith, console us in our trials and give us hope in eternal life. How ineffable is the gift of the Priesthood!
As we have been the recipients of God’s many graces through the Sacraments, please take the time to contemplate the spiritual needs of our future generations and help provide them with your stewardship of time, talent and treasure.
Diocesan Prayer for Vocations
IN YOUR PLAN FOR OUR SALVATION YOU PROVIDE SHEPHERDS FOR YOUR PEOPLE. FILL YOUR CHURCH WITH THE SPIRIT OF COURAGE AND LOVE.
GIVE THE CHURCH MORE PRIESTS, WORTHY MINISTERS FOR YOUR ALTARS AND ARDENT BUT GENTLE SERVANTS OF THE GOSPEL.
GRANT ALSO TO US AN INCREASE IN VOCATIONS TO THE RELIGIOUS LIFE. MAY MORE OF YOUR PEOPLE RESPOND TO YOUR CALL IN A SPIRIT OF JOYFUL GENEROSITY.
MAY THEY SERVE YOUR PEOPLE IN LOVE BY FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF CHRIST YOUR SON AND PROVIDE BY THEIR WAY OF LIFE A CONVINCING SIGN OF YOUR KINGDOM.
WE ASK THIS THROUGH CHRIST OUR LORD.
MARY, MOTHER OF THE CHURCH, PRAY FOR US.
What you can do
- Make an annual or multi-year pledge of cash or stock to the Seminarian Partnership Program.
- Support an existing endowment.
- Create your own family-named endowment.
- Learn how you can get income for life when you give to charity.
- Take a guided seminary tour — meet our seminarians.
- Remember the Diocese of Raleigh Vocations Program in your will.
Please make your check payable to: The Foundation, Diocese of Raleigh-SPP or you may give online at: Seminarian Partnership Program
- Diocese – St. John the Baptist – Seminarians
- Diocese – Seminarian Education Endowment
- Diocese – Seminary Fund
- Diocese – OLO Guadalupe Fund
- Ron & Jeanette Dogget Endowment Fund
- Nell Fletcher DeVane Endowment
- Lee Roy Lee Endowment
- Maffit Seminary Fund
- Marie L. & Leonard M. McManus Seminarian Fund
- Julie G. & Francis E. McVay Seminarian Endowment
- Randall & Ruth Proctor Seminarian Endowment Fund
- Frederick C. Rahdert Memorial Quasi-Endowment
Legacy Gift Options
- Which planned gift makes sense?
- Which gift option matches your interests?
- Consult with the Foundation and your tax advisor to answer these questions
*Income paid to you
What do you say to a young man who is considering a vocation
“Do not be afriad. God knows your vocation will bring you joy. Do not just put discernment on the back burner, but really try and dive into it courageously.”
3rd Theology – Saint Charles Borromero Seminary, Pennsylvania
Saint Luke the Evangelist – Raleigh, NC
“It can be a very unsettling thing to first feel you are being called. Do not be afriad. It takes courage to do so, but you will never regret doing it”
2nd Theology – Theological College, Washington, D.C.
Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral – Raleigh, NC
“Why not now?” God is waiting for you always; come to Him and He will be with you. Just say: “Yes, Lord. Yes, Lord. I come to do your will.” Spend time in deep prayer and listen to God; He speaks to your heart. Ask Him, as St. Francis of Assisi wrote, “Lord, what would you have me do?” Pray the Rosary, and the Mother of God will bring you closer to Christ Jesus.”
1st Theology – Notre Dame Seminary, Louisiana
St Mary – Greensboro, NC
“To talk to the priest in his home church and ask if he can follow him for a few weeks, so that he can see the reality of what being a priest is. Also … to never be afraid to explore his vocation. Because answering God’s call is the best thing you can do with your life.”
2nd Theology. Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Pennsylvania
Sacred Heart Parish – Whiteville, NC
“To a young man discerning I’d say, have a little faith. God does have a plan, you just need to trust Him.”
Frassati House of Formation at Belmont Abbey College, North Carolina
Sts. Cyril and Methodious – Cary, NC