Pentecost Collection

Supporting Vocations to the Priesthood Today...Provide Priests for Tomorrow

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

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

Our Diocese has been blessed with vocations to the priesthood, along with a renewed focus to actively encourage vocations. Your support, both through prayers and, if able, financially, are needed for this important ministry. Through your gifts to the Pentecost Collection, our Seminarians can completely devote themselves to the formation process with no worry about meals, lodging or tuition.

The Pentecost Collection is the weekend of May 19, 2024. If you are able, please support our men in formation. All gifts, no matter the size, do make a difference. Gifts can be made securely online or through your parish envelopes. Thank you for your generous support. Please continue to pray for our men in formation and for the continued vitality of vocations in our Diocese.

May 2024


Dear Friends in Christ,

In a few short days, we will celebrate Pentecost Sunday, when we recall the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. In the Gospel for Pentecost Sunday, Saint John recounts how, after His resurrection, Jesus came to the disciples in the upper room.  He said to them, “‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’” (John 20:20-22)

The Holy Spirit, the Advocate, is our helper and guide just as He was for the first Apostles.  As Christians, we are all entrusted with the mission to spread the Gospel, each in our own way. In the Church, priests play a critical role in the work of evangelization.  Recently, I visited our Harrisburg seminarians at both Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, and at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg.  These two seminaries are among the largest and the best seminaries in the United States and provide excellent programs to form our future priests.  Our seminarians, men who are discerning a call to the Priesthood, are a great source of inspiration and hope.  They are living reminders to us that the Holy Spirit is alive and working in the Church. They generously respond to the Spirit’s prompting, and desire to be servant leaders after the heart of Jesus Christ.  They are ready to proclaim the Gospel and engage the world.

We are currently blessed with eleven (11) seminarians in formation for the Priesthood in the Diocese of Harrisburg. Led by our Diocesan Office for Vocations, all our clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese are encouraged to pray for and to promote priestly vocations.  I am confident that we will see the number of seminarians grow in the years to come.  The formation of good, holy priests who will be generous in their service takes time, but also resources. You can support this work by praying for an increase in vocations in our Diocese and by supporting the annual Pentecost Collection.

The cost of educating one candidate for the priesthood is over $46,000 per year. This cost goes beyond the classroom, as the seminarians are provided room, board, healthcare, and other funds for other essential expenses. Your support of the Pentecost Collection helps our seminarians focus on their education, rather than worrying about the cost of meals, books, or transportation. Your gift, no matter the size, ensures that our future priests have the resources they need to serve our parishes in the future.

Please prayerfully consider a gift this year. You can make your gift online at, mail your gift to your parish or place your gift in your parish collection basket the weekend of May 19th.

Thank you for your sacrifices to support our future priests and please continue to pray for our seminarians and for an increase in vocations to the Priesthood in our Diocese. May God Bless you and may Saint Aloysius, the patron of young people, pray for us.


Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior
Bishop of Harrisburg

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
  • $75 – Seminary application fee
  • $300 – Semester book stipend
  • $500 – Meals during Holy Week, orientation, or school visits
  • $600 – Per person Quo Vadis Days retreat cost
  • $720 – Retreat before ordination
  • $1,500 – Seminarian summer internship
  • $2,400 – Psychological evaluation for an applicant
  • $10,000 – Summer spiritual program and Spanish immersion
  • $46,000 – Yearly tuition, room, and board for one seminarian