2015 Ordination Mass in Grodno, Belarus
Help for the training of 33 seminarians in Grodno
Last year the Catholic seminary in Grodno celebrated its 25-year Jubilee.
When the seminary opened on 1st September 1990, the Soviet Union was still in existence. Grodno’s was the first Catholic seminary to be reopened within its territory. In August 1991, Belarus became an independent country, and in April of the same year the diocese of Grodno was established.
The Grodno seminary was in fact established in a former convent that had been confiscated by the communists. Some sections of the forensic medical services had been housed in the building. It took 10 years before it could be completely renovated – the early beginnings were extremely difficult. Initially, in fact, the seminarians did not even have a refectory. But despite the unfavourable circumstances, the seminary was still able to open its doors as early as 1990. The first eight priests to emerge from this seminary were ordained in 1995.
ACN has continued to provide regular support for the training of the seminarians here. During this academic year there are 33 young men preparing for the priesthood.
Aid to the Church in Need, thanks to its benefactors like you, is supporting the seminarians formation as future priests with $28,710 CAN.