Meet seminarians at Carton Scholarship Dinner Aug. 1
Persons wishing to support the Diocese of Peoria’s vocations program are invited to a fundraising dinner on Friday, Aug. 1, celebrating current seminarians and honoring the memory of a legendary priest of the diocese.
The 2014 Msgr. George A. Carton Seminarian Scholarship Dinner will take place that evening at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. Including a reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and program at 7 p.m., the event offers opportunities to meet and hear from seminarians and the priests who are leading the diocese’s vocations program.
There is no charge to attend the dinner, which chairman Frank Kobilsek described as “an opportunity to educate our guests regarding vocations activities in the Diocese of Peoria.” He emphasized, however, that the evening is primarily a fundraiser. Those planning to attend should be prayerfully prepared to financially support the program.
Proceeds benefit the Msgr. George A. Carton Seminarian Scholarship Fund, established in 2010 to help ensure that no young man is denied the opportunity to discern a priestly vocation in a college seminary because of his financial situation. The scholarships are awarded in varying amounts to qualifying college seminarians, with funds paid to the school to offset tuition, room, and board.
Msgr. Carton, a longtime chancellor of the Diocese of Peoria who died in 2000, founded the (St. Therese) Seminarian Endowment Fund. He simply asked a group of women if they would contribute a dime a day to help seminarians. The group became known as the Seminary Aid Society, and some original members are still supporting vocations in the diocese.
Reservations are encouraged for the dinner. Contact Amy in the Office of Priestly Vocations at (309) 671-1550 by noon on Friday, July 25. She can also assist persons who wish to contribute but cannot attend.