“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”
2 Timothy 2:2
St. Michael’s Seminary is a ministry of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church (ICCEC) and CEC North America (CEC-NA).
It is the purpose of the seminary to prepare candidates for ordained ministry and to provide opportunities to deepen their knowledge of the Christian faith, and to equip people in all stations of life for greater service in the work or ministry to which God has called them.
The “Adopt a Seminarian” program focuses on providing prayer support and practical encouragement to all seminarians studying at St. Michael’s Seminary. This program encourages parishioners to adopt a seminarian, and support him through prayer and communication throughout his education. A spiritual adoption is a pledge to pray for the seminarian on his journey to fulfill the Call of Christ to the priesthood.
This journey that each man has committed to follow is not easy. It involves self-sacrifice and humble devotion to God and to others. The men at St. Michael’s Seminary have answered the call to be devoted to the Lord and His flock.
Through the “Adopt a Seminarian” program here at Christ the King CEC, people are matched up with a seminarian for the duration of their education. People are asked to write letters of encouragement, and pray both for and with the man to whom they are assigned. The program is free to all who wish to support. Once you sign up, you will receive an “Adoption Kit” that includes the name, possibly a photo, and information related to their adopted seminarian. Then throughout the school year, you will pray for that seminarian and send him a note or card of encouragement. Any additional support is optional. Fr. Mark and the church will provide resources and ideas to people who would like to do more.
The purpose of the program is to bless both the seminarian and the people who adopt them. It introduces the men who may be future priests to prayerful laity in the diocese where they will one day serve the Lord. Seminarians are able to experience the love of the laity. The people are able to experience a personal connection with a man who is striving to follow Jesus, and who one day will be a priest or deacon in their diocese.