Educate and Assist Seminarians in Their Journey to the Altar

“Thank you for your faithfulness and for your past generosity. I pray that just as Our Lady and the Apostles went forth with joy to proclaim Christ that first Pentecost, soon we too may gather around the altar of praise, to be filled with grace and so help renew the face of the earth.”
– Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer

Your Gift

Your continued generosity can and does make an impact in the lives of our seminarians.

Our Diocese has been blessed by a significant increase in the number of Seminarians within the past several years. This increase in vocations is a positive sign of the spiritual health and vitality of the Church in the Diocese of Harrisburg. Through your gifts to the Pentecost Collection, our Seminarians can completely devote themselves to the formation process and not need to worry about their meals, lodging or tuition.

Thank you for your generous support. Please continue to pray for our men in formation and for the continued vitality of vocations.

May 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we near the end of the 50 day Easter season and approach Pentecost, I am reminded of our Lord’s words in John’s Gospel when He said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” What a moment that must have been for the Disciples, to be commissioned from the Lord to continue His work on earth, to be His first evangelizers.

In the two millennia since that first Pentecost, hundreds of thousands of men have also answered the Lord’s call to continue His work as His priests. In the Diocese of Harrisburg, we were blessed to sponsor 19 seminarians for priestly formation this past year, three of whom will be ordained transitional Deacons and five who will be ordained as priests in 2022. Their commitment to follow the call from our Lord, even with all the challenges our Church has faced, is a testament to their faith and love for the Church and our Savior. However, these men in formation need your support, both spiritually and financially. Please, continue to pray for our seminarians and all our clergy, that they may be good and holy priests and deacons, spreading the love of Christ to His people. If you are able, I also ask that you prayerfully consider a gift to the annual Pentecost Collection for Seminarian Education, which is the weekend of June 5.

The cost to educate one candidate for the priesthood is approximately $40,000 per year. This cost goes beyond the classroom, as the seminarians are provided room, board, healthcare, and other nominal expenses. While the Office of Vocations does receive support from the Diocesan Annual Campaign, expenses associated with seminarian education far exceed that funding.

As a faith community, we share in the responsibility of providing for the formation and education of our future priests. The Pentecost Collection offers all of us the opportunity to financially support our men in formation. To make a gift, please use the special envelope provided by your parish or visit In addition to your financial support, please continue to pray for our seminarians on their journey toward the priesthood.

On behalf of the holy and devout men who minister to the faithful in the Diocese of Harrisburg, I thank you in advance for your support and prayers.

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer

The Diocese of Harrisburg invests nearly $1 million annually in the formation of our Seminarians. Your support is vital to our continued efforts to provide strong, faithful servants for our Diocese.

  • $15 – A typical book given to discerners
  • $25 – Lunch with a prospective candidate
  • $40 – One class hour
  • $75 – Seminary application fee
  • $200 – Per person Quo Vadis Days retreat cost
  • $300 – Semester book stipend
  • $300 – Meals during Holy Week, orientation, or school visits
  • $600 – Retreat before ordination
  • $1,400 – Seminarian summer internship
  • $2,000 – Psychological evaluation for an applicant
  • $10,000 – Summer spiritual program and Spanish immersion
  • $40,000 – Yearly tuition, room, and board for one seminarian

Pentecost Collection

Stoking the Spirit’s Flame…in the Hearts of our Seminarians

Your continued generosity can and does make an impact in the lives of our seminarians. Thank you for your generous support.