Our Mission: Our Seminarians – Our Future Shepherds

This feature highlights how the 2016 Bishop’s Annual Appeal will support seminarians and help build vocations in the Diocese of Tyler.  

“I started thinking about my life: “What am I going to do? What do I need to do?” And eventually it came down to what God wanted for me.”

“I said, “God, I want what you want. I’m willing to give my life to you.” And He said, “Let’s go.”

“So here I am.”

These are the words of nineteen-year-old, Steven Chabarria, a seminarian for the Diocese of Tyler.


His response to God’s call and that of all 12 of our seminarians is an inspiration. Their commitment to Christ, to shepherd His flock is a great hope for the future of our mission. A mission to develop the Catholic Church and provide a shepherd’s care for all in East Texas.

Steven and all our future shepherds rely on your support to the Appeal for their formation and education, that they may become the devout, caring priests we need.

Your gifts to the Appeal provide them the chance to foster their vocation with the best formation possible during the long seminary process.

Beyond the formation of those we who are studying now, your support works to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

The Appeal funds directly benefit the Vocations Office which provides counsel to seminarians and those discerning a vocation and to encourage young people locally to reflect on whether they might be called to the service of Christ in the priesthood or religious life.

Discover more here and join Our Mission by supporting our seminarians.

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