About four days a week, I venture out to the seminary construction site to examine, evaluate, and marvel at the progress being made by our building team. Watching something become incarnate that had been only an idea for so long leaves me with a sense of awe and anticipation.
One of the other things I watch closely is the progress being made in our seminary’s capital campaign. Progress in construction is only possible due to the generous support of our benefactors. The one depends upon the other. On the St. Joseph website, we share our progress with a thermometer that tracks how close we are getting to our $20 million goal. The last couple of months have resulted in a number of gifts and pledges. That said, a couple of weeks ago we ran out of money raised to date and would have had to start borrowing (which means paying interest) to keep the project moving.
Then Providence came to our aid again. I met with a wonderful Catholic couple over the summer for dinner. Our discussion had nothing to do with the seminary, until they asked me about how our capital campaign was going. To my utter surprise this couple just pledged two million dollars, paid in full, before Christmas. What gratitude fills my own heart and the hearts of these young men who are the witnesses and the recipients of such generosity! The seminarians pledge themselves, and they are overwhelmingly supported by the pledges of the faithful! God is good.
Every week we pray specifically for our benefactors. This is a relationship that will not end with a building. The mortar of this building of friendship is grace.
Blessings on all of you who by your generosity and love for the Church have become a part of this family. Let us keep building!