Today's mail brought a letter from Bishop Clark.
It seems that with 6 men in various seminaries and another 6 about to enter Becket Hall the diocese is a bit strapped for cash.
According to the bishop it costs $36,000 per year to support each seminarian and each discerner, with the annual total for the 12 in excess of $400,000.
And so he's asking me - and, no doubt, thousands of others - to help defray these costs.
While the cost of preparing priests has skyrocketed over the past few years, we've been able to absorb the cost because we were educating so few. But, now that we are educating many, we're finding ourselves severely strapped.
This is a new problem for His Excellency. At first glance I'm inclined to give him a hand.