Building the Kingdom
Lenten Project: Holy Ghost Juniorate Seminary
Schools and parish formation programs of the Diocese of Des Moines are sponsoring Building a Kingdom to raise funds for a high school seminary in Nigeria which is led by the Holy Spirit Fathers. The seminary serves approximately 500 high school students under dire conditions. The Diocese of Des Moines has been blessed by the ministerial services of three Holy Spirit priests from Nigeria over the past two decades.
Generous support the last several years have resulted in a complete renovation of the seminary's academic building, students' living quarters, and modernization of restroom facilies, which were in need of extreme repair and updating, as well as a recreation area. This year, the funds will go towards renovating an additional student hostel and living quarters for senior seminarians.
Recently, St. Pius X parishioner Kevin McGuire returned from a trip to Nigeria and had the opportunity to visit the seminary, tour the facility and meet the students, teachers and leadership. He gathered video footage from his visit. Click here to view a video from Kevin McGuire's trip.
McGuire noted the great benefits to supporting Building the Kingdom. “First, the cultural exchange is very important. There are many differences in our cultures and how we think. We help each other by understanding each other better. Second, it’s a direct benefit to the Diocese of Des Moines in the priests that have come here to serve our communities. Third, more children are getting a great education in this world and they are positively impacting their neighborhoods which impacts us. It’s amazing. This is a place that’s in a rough situation, dealing with dilapidated buildings, little resources, but they are sending their priests here to help us. It doesn’t get any better than that,” said McGuire.
If you are interested in supporting the Building the Kingdom project, please make checks out to:
Diocese of Des Moines
Attn: Building the Kingdom
601 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309
Thank you for Building the Kingdom: God's Kingdom!
Click here to view a video from Kevin McGuire's trip.