Fr. Lambert Riyazimana

Fr_Lambert.jpgDear benefactors,

It is an honor to convey my gratitude to you for the contributions you have made to deepen my formation. I constantly have you in my prayers each time that I celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

 

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Fr. Ronald Herrera Encisco

Fr._Ronald_Enciso.jpgWith great joy I write this letter of gratitude to all of the benefactors of Santa Croce students. My name is Fr. Ronald Herrera Enciso and I am a priest from the Archdiocese of Cuzco, Peru. Due to your generosity, I am here in Rome now studying to complete a licentiate degree in canon law at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

 

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Julio Soto

Julio_Soto.jpgMy name is Julio Santo and I am from Equador. I have recently finished my studies at Santa Croce and my priestly formation at the Sedes Sapientiae College in Rome. Right now I am feel gratitude knowing that these past seven years of study were worthwhile in order to know the Lord more deeply, to love Him more and to renew this love that has called me to one day to serve you.  

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Tom Sundaram

Tom_Sundaram.jpgMy name is Tom Sundaram, and I am currently in my third year of studies at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. I am about to finish my licentiate in canon law, and would love to go on to complete a doctorate as well. Before I tell you about why I chose to study in this field, I think it is important for me to explain a bit about what canon law is. 

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Fr. Sherin Joseph

Fr_Sherin.jpgI write this letter to express my great joy and sincere gratitude for the service you provide to students of Santa Croce. May Our Almighty God pour out His blessings upon all of you and your families. Jesus never closes his eyes to those who perform a great service on his behalf, and you are making a sacrifice of great value.

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Felix Aman Luboya

Fr_Felix_Luboya.jpgMy name is Félix Aman Luboya and I come all the way from the diocese of Rigona, in Tanzania. I was born in the village of Nguruta, on June 30, 1985, and am the fourth of seven children. My father, Lauren Luboya, is a humble farmer and my mother, Rhoda Kutulitsa, is a primary school teacher who is approaching retirement.

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Fr. Francis Assisi

Serving in the Jungles of Sri Lanka

Working in a jungle parish where he had "nowhere to lay his head," Sri Lankan priest Fr. Francis Assisi knows what he wants to learn at Santa Croce in order to serve his people.

Fr._Francis_Assisi.jpgFr. Francis Assisi, who came to Santa Croce from Sri Lanka, was ordained in 2007. Both he and his diocese want to emphasize that his dream of studying in Rome would not have been possible without the help of benefactors who bear the costs of his training and living expenses, and how grateful they are for such support.

My parents have been blessed by God and it is truly thanks to them that I am a priest. They encouraged me from childhood to obey the Lord and they sowed in my heart the seed of a priestly vocation, so I will always be immensely grateful to them. We are a family of seven children, and we are simple but very happy.

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Fr. Sanesh George Thekkethala

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Fr. Sanesh George Thekkethala

Someone Special for God

My name is Fr. Sanesh George Thekkethala and I am a first-year student at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. I was sent all the way from my home diocese of Irinjalakuda, which is in Kerala, India. My ordination took place on January 1, 2011, so I have been a priest for five years now. 

I am 30 years old, so my mission of studying at Santa Croce make me feel closer to Jesus, in the sense that He began his public life at 30 years of age. Our Lord had three years of public ministry, and I will spend the next three years completing a Masters degree in Church Communications.

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José María Escardell

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Fr. José María Escardell (center)

Pencils in the Hands of God

Dear Benefactors, 

I would like to thank you for the contributions you have made over the past few years, which have helped me to continue my priestly formation.

As you know, the circumstances in which the Church is living are not easy regarding vocations to the priesthood. I look forward to returning to my diocese of Ibiza and Formentera, in Spain, to serve the faithful.

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Khan Tom Fram

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Khan Tom Fram (left) with Pope Francis (right)

Please Pray for my Country!

My name is Khan Tom Fram and I am a seminarian from the Diocese of Boun Ma Thuot in Vietnam. I am writing to thank you, my benefactors, for helping me to complete my studies for the priesthood. This is my fifth year in Rome, my third year of Theology, and the last one that I will spend in the Eternal City.

Over the past year I have been doing pastoral work at a parish in the town of Cavriago, in the diocese of Reggio Emilia (Italy). I have grown so much interiorly through the pastoral life of working in this parish. I know that this experience will be very useful for me when I return home to my country.

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