Certain expenses recur on an ongoing basis, especially in the education of our future priests. For this reason, we need donors that can give on a regular basis (monthly, quarterly, or annually).

 

The Eudist Fathers do not receive Vocational Funds from the Diocesis they serve.

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The main recurring needs we have are the following:

 

Tuition for Priestly Education:
How much does it cost to become a priest?

An average of seven years of education is required by Rome for the formation of any priest. The diocesan priests one normally meets in parishes generally had their education paid-for by the bishop. Our seminarians, however, depend entirely on the generosity of the Eudist family and friends.

Here in Southern California, these are the costs that we incur for training an individual seminarian from the beginning to the end of his education:

 

* The educational institutions where we send our seminarians have kindly agreed to provide us with certain reductions in tuition costs.

† Since priestly formation is an intense full-time program, the seminarians also do not have time to earn their own income. Therefore, a modest allowance for their basic living expenses is provided by the Eudists as well.

 

What happens if seminarians leave? Is my donation wasted?

The reality of discernment is that not every man that begins discernment will discover a call to the priesthood or consecrated life.

Our goal must be to provide them with the opportunity to experience the consecrated life, the time and space to grow and to pray, so that they can discover the will of God from a place of freedom. If, in all freedom, they discern that God is calling them in another direction, we can rejoice that they have been open and generous enough to ask the question, and have received an answer from the Lord.

However, to balance this “grace period” of discernment with prudent stewardship of donations, we have created the following policy:

All of the living expenses and education costs for each seminarian are recorded and closely monitored. 60% of these expenses are treated as a zero-interest loan, payable only if the seminarian leaves formation. Payments only begin once the individual has reentered the workforce and gotten back on their feet. 40% of the expenses are treated as a grant, and are not required to be paid back.

 

Adopt-a-Seminarian
Student Loans: a barrier to vocation?

The cost of education has risen drastically over the past several decades. Thus, a significant number of our young people have no choice but to begin their professional lives with large amounts of student loan debt. If they begin their careers right away, this is easy enough to deal with. However, if they consider exiting the workforce for a time of vocational discernment, it can be a major barrier.The Adopt-a-Seminarian program allows a donor to take over the student loan payments for a seminarian (partially or in their entirety) while they are discerning the will of God for their lives.For a list of seminarians currently carrying student loan debt, contact us.

 

Specialized Education for Priests

Eudists have the mission to “minister to priests and other ministers.”

Normally within 2-3 years after ordination or their final profession, each Eudist goes through a process of discernment with the help of their superiors, to select an area of specialization. Formation and seeking the will of God doesn’t end at ordination! They look for the best match between their inclinations and the needs of the Church in the dioceses where we minister.

Some choose to pursue an academic degree (like a PhD) so they can teach at seminaries or institutes that form “laborers for the Gospel.” Others study psychology or spiritual direction so they can offer more individualized guidance. Those interested in evangelization might specialize in communications media. Regardless, they are given the chance to go deep into a particular area so that the impact of their work for the Kingdom of God can be increased.

We currently have three members pursuing advanced studies. If you would like information on who they are and how you can support them, contact us.

 

Legacy Donations

It’s not always pleasant to think about the end of our lives, but it is necessary to plan for it.

By adding a donation for the Eudist mission to your will, you can not only be proud of your legacy, but you can also reduce the estate tax that your heirs will be liable to pay. Depending on the size of your estate, it may cancel out the estate tax entirely. With the estate tax rate in 2015 as high as 40%, this could be a significant reward for your charity.

Plus, with a gift of at least $500k an endowment could be set up to provide a permanent income that would support the mission indefinitely. 

To discuss options, talk to your estate planning professionals and contact us.