Now, let's look at the new St. John Paul II Archdiocesan Seminary. The 2014 budget for that seminary is said to be $65,829. However, given the amount of calls we've seen for private donations, we have to guess that the actual cost of getting that seminary up and running is a lot higher. Plus, we don't know if that budget was an estimate for the one seminarian who was there at the time the budget was made, or now that there are five seminarians there, if the actual cost is much higher.
I wish to congratulate you, as I have already done on other occasions, on the establishment of this Regional Seminary of the Pacific. It fills my heart with joy to hear that the number of vocations to the priesthood and religious life is growing year by year. I know that, through the grace of the Holy Spirit, this increase is due in no small part to your own zealous efforts as shepherds of the flock of Christ.
I am pleased, too, that the promotion of priestly vocations and the support of this Regional Seminary have been marked by true collaboration. Thus you have indeed borne witness to the collegial nature of the episcopal ministry in your work to ensure a more effective programme of priestly formation for all your particular Churches. I would ask you always to maintain this interest in the Seminary and particularly in the seminarians, through personal contact and fatherly concern. It is important that all aspects of seminary training should lead young men to a greater knowledge and love of our Lord Jesus Christ.