The Papal Foundation gives scholarships to 96 priests, brothers, sisters, laity


Philadelphia Cream – Ninety-six priests, brothers, sisters and laity from five continents now have the chance to study in Rome under the Saint John Paul II scholarship program of the Papal Foundation.

The foundation announced a total of $ 798,244 in scholarships and the recipients will choose one of Rome’s 16 universities for their studies.

“We are committed to Saint John Paul II’s vision of preparing Catholic leaders and educators for service,” said Eustace Mita, chairman of the board of the Papal Foundation, in a September 15 statement. “We aim to ensure that those called to build the Church around the world are trained and prepared to lead in their own dioceses. “

Since its inception, the program has provided nearly $ 13 million in scholarships to over 1,600 people, known as Saeman Scholars, to advance their studies and prepare them to return to their own countries to teach.

The foundation describes its mission as being at the service of “the Pope and the Catholic Church through faith, energy and financial resources”.

In 1998, Saint John Paul planned to offer scholarships, accommodation and board to priests, nuns and lay people from underprivileged countries, allowing them to study in Rome and then to return to their dioceses “for teach future church leaders in a way that is faithful to the magisterium, ”the foundation said.

In 2000 John and Carol Saeman of Denver started the scholarship program with an initial donation of $ 5 million which was matched by the Papal Foundation.

Father Julius Madaki of the Archdiocese of Kaduna, Nigeria was able to obtain his doctorate while studying in Rome because he received one of these scholarships.

“Words alone cannot express the feelings of gratitude and appreciation in me,” he said in a statement. “Studying under the auspices of the Papal Foundation has influenced my life in a significant way.”

“I promise to make you proud, to be of service to the church and to always keep you in my prayers,” he told foundation officials. “Rest assured that your commitment to spreading the kingdom of heaven here on earth will never go unrewarded.”

Dave Savage, who was appointed executive director of the Papal Foundation in July, said that for the organization “playing a role in training the leaders of the Catholic Church is a blessing.”

“Saint John Paul II will always be remembered for the leadership lessons he embodied, which is one of the reasons we at the Papal Foundation are honored to pursue his vision of educating academics in lead effectively in their communities, ”he said.

The foundation, he added, remains grateful for “the incredible generosity” of the Saemans “, who make this work possible.”

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