What is the Spiritual Adoption of an African
Carmelite Seminarian (SAACS) ?
The SAACS, as the name suggests, is about adopting an African
Brother from Burundi or Rwanda who has already completed the two first stages
of his initial formation in the Postulancy and Novitiate (two years). The
adoption consists of spiritual and financial support for a Brother during the
subsequent stages of his intellectual and spiritual formation (3 years of
philosophy and 4 years of theology). They carry out these studies in order to
become Carmelite priests. The students named below belong to the Regional Vicariate
in Burundi and Rwanda which is a part of the Order of Discalced Carmelite
Fathers in Poland, Province of Kraków. The aforementioned support is twofold:
spiritual and material. The first one involves regular prayer for the adopted
seminarian, while the second one involves financial support in order to make
possible his priestly formation and studies.
Here is the list
of our current Students in both philosophy and theology :
The person undertaking such an
ambitious project as the SAACS will
receive a letter from a chosen seminarian with his name and surname. From that
moment, he or she will start to accompany him by prayer. Of course, there are
no special prayers for adoption. Each sponsor is free to choose a form of
prayer from among the following (e.g. Rosary,
Eucharist, Litany, Prayer for those called to the priesthood, We fly to your
protection, Our Father or Hail Mary, Periods of fasting, etc.). What the
seminarian needs the most is ongoing spiritual companionship during his initial
Who can undertake the SAACS?
It can be a family, individual,
company, university, school, class, community of the Carmelite Secular Order
(OCDS), the Scapular Brotherhood, an Association, or any other group of adults willing
to take part in the SAACS.
What are the costs of formation ?
The annual cost of formation for each
seminarian slightly exceeds $3,000. However, it rarely happens that this whole
amount can be contributed by one donor alone. That is why the adoption takes
the form of a co-adoption: i.e. the seminarian is adopted by several people.
The minimum amount we suggest is $30 US Dollars per month ($360 per year). The
amount can be payed in installments according to your convenience. In practical
terms, this means that every day of the year you will share 1 Dollar with your
spiritually adopted seminarian in a distant African country, adding it to the
Mission “piggy bank” along with 365 Hail Mary’s (or another prayer) a
year. Would this not be, beyond any doubt, a most beautiful charitable
Christmas gift for God and our African brothers?
How do we make the SAACS ?
By completing the Form:AGREEMENT - ADOPTION OF CARMELITE
SEMINARIAN and sending it to the following address:
Biuro Misyjne Karmelitów Bosych
ul. Rakowicka 18,
It can be also sent electronically
at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Dowload the Form en PDF documet:
agrees to adopt a Seminarian for a minimum of one year.
Is it possible to contact an adopted Seminarian
Due to the fact that the Seminarians are
adopted by many people, it is not advisable to maintain close personal
relations with a particular seminarian.Moreover, not all of the seminarians reach the
priesthood. It sometimes happens that they discern a different path, and
sometimes the superiors advise someone to leave, as it often happens throughout
the world. At the same time, we do suggest that you write to the adopted
seminarian at the beginning of the academic year. For further and more detailed
information, please contact Fr. Matthias Jaworski, OCD, who is Vice-Vicar of
the Regional Vicariate in Burundi and Rwanda. Here is his e-mail: email@example.com Dowload the Principles en PDF documet: