Annual Fund

Forming Priests as Spiritual Fathers & Men of the Eucharist

Forming Priests as Spiritual Fathers & Men of the Eucharist

Forming Priests as Spiritual Fathers & Men of the Eucharist

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2021-2022 ANNUAL FUND

What an incredible and challenging year we have faced both in the life of the Church and certainly in our everchanging world. Yet, as Christians, we are always discerning the will of God and how the Lord uses challenging times to strengthen our faith, which is certainly reflected in the way we prepare future priests for ministry. While the priesthood is timeless, universal, and unchanging, the way in which priests serve, minister, teach, lead, and sanctify must reflect the needs of the people. 

Since 1923, Notre dame Seminary has prepared priests with a formation experience that leads seminarians on a journey into the Heart of Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd. No Doubt, that throughout the past ninety-nine years of formation, our programs at Notre dame Seminary have adapted to meet the needs of the Church and the faithful. To meet these needs of the Church, Notre dame Seminary aims to form priests as Spiritual Fathers and Men of the Eucharist

We prepare obedient, joyful, and prayerful men, who as spiritual fathers, are called to lead us through triumphs and battles that confront our Church today. We form men whose spiritual lives are rooted in the Most Holy Eucharist so that they may nourish their people with the Sacraments and inspire their parishes and communities to follow Jesus in both the joys and challenges of life. 

Your support of priestly formation enables us to prepare our seminarians for the many aspects of pastoral ministry, where they will serve you, your families, and your parishes for many years to come. Your gift to the 2021-2022 annual Fund ensures that we are able to continue to form our seminarians for ministry in today’s Church as spiritual fathers and men of the Eucharist. 

– The Very Rev. James A. Wehner, Rector/President

“St. Joseph is the model for both natural and spiritual fathers and was the closest any man can get to perfect fatherhood. He teaches us to sacrifice when necessary, and to encounter our children in their uniqueness and dignity, so that we can encourage them to follow the path God has laid out for them, to grow in virtue, and to strive for the truth.”

-Ryan Stoer, Diocese of Jackson

“Without the Eucharist, we cannot fulfill the task that out Lord has entrusted to us as His disciples, which is the sanctification and salvation of sould. In order to transform the world with the Good News, we begin by transforming ourselves with God’s infinite love in the Eucharist.”

Jorge Gomez, Archdiocese of New Orleans

Liturgical & Sacramental Training
       $250 per seminarian, 100 needed
Preaching & Homiletic Training
      $250 per seminarian, 50 needed
Leadership Training
      $500 per seminarian, 30 needed
Acompaño Mission Trip
      $1,000 per seminarian, 30 needed
Seminarian Led Apostolates
      $100 per seminarian, 130 needed
Formation Materials
      $100 per seminarian, 130 needed
Bible Marathon
      $5,000 needed to proclaim the Word of God through a public reading of the Bible. 
Room & Board for International Seminarian from Missionary Diocese
      $14,495 per seminarian, 5 needed
Tuition for International Seminarian from Missionary Diocese
      $22,201 per seminarian, 5 needed
You can give via debit or credit card on our website. If you would like to give online, please visit the Donate Now page. 

You can also mail check or cash donations to Notre Dame Seminary, Attn: Annual Fund, 2901 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA, 70118. Please make all checks payable to Notre Dame Seminary.

If you would like to give over the phone, please call the Development office at (504) 866-7426 ext. 374 or ext. 375.


Caroline Thriffiley

Director of Development

(504) 866-7426 ext. 375


Maria Whitworth

Development Cordinator

(504) 866-7426 ext. 375