Ecclesiastical Students Fund (ESF)
Next weekend should be our annual Collection for Ecclesiastical Students, who are seminarians. Unfortunately, our diocese presently has no one studying for the priesthood. However, the diocese has recently ordained or brought on loan several priests.
Over 12 months the diocese will spend about £20,000 settling these new priests, but this has been well worth it, as their presence has been supportive to both our clergy and the eight parishes that will be served. Therefore, since we have no students, this year’s Second Collection, instead of going to the ESP, will help with the costs incurred in ensuring every parish in the diocese is served by a priest.
Thank you for your generosity. The ESF envelope can still be used. +Bishop Brain