Seminarian Appeal 2017
- 20 January 2017
‘O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still
proclaim your wondrous deeds.’ Psalm 71:17
Having grown up in Myanmar, 26-year-old seminarian Nicholas Nerius knows all too well the violence and unrest resulting from his country being in the grips of one of the longest-running civil wars the world has seen. Although much of the fighting has stopped, there is another urgent crisis facing the people… Click here to read more...
With some areas still witnessing conflict, and over one million children out of school, the nation is seeing rising levels of extensive and damaging drug abuse. Initially used as a stimulant by the military, the drugs have now infiltrated into civilian life, and is sweeping through the nation and contributing to what community leaders have described as a major epidemic.1
Despite these ongoing issues, there is still hope. The Catholic Church in Myanmar, with the support of Catholic Mission, and its faithful donors, is training young men and women so that they may support the people of Myanmar in solving these issues and build a stronger nation for the future.
Nicholas is one of 178 seminarians at St Joseph’s Major Seminary in Yangon, Myanmar. On Saturdays he can be found preparing local Catholic children for their first Communion in a small parish about 15 minutes away from St Joseph’s Major Seminary. His mission is to keep children focused on learning to be good citizens, and to live wholesome and fulfilling lives.
Nicholas says that community outreach is just one way in which he can contribute to solving what he feels is one of Myanmar’s tragic deficiencies: education for young people. He feels that he is providing a small service that might make a big difference in these children’s lives and, vitally, place a protective barrier between them and the unfortunate cycle of drug abuse in which Nicholas was shocked to find his brother Martino is caught up.
Please help support these seminarians and the work of the Catholic Church, not only in Myanmar but all around the world. Together we can encourage Nicholas as he proclaims God’s wondrous deeds and prepares the way for a brighter future in Myanmar.
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1 Watson and Schwarz (2015), ‘Beyond the sectarian fighting lies Myanmar's dark drugs problem’, January 3, CNN