My name is Mitchell Gunnarson. I am a seminarian with the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, and I am in need of your help.
This is my second year of formation with the Institute. Last year, I was a candidate at their parish in Detroit, Michigan St. Joseph Shrine. I entered their international seminary in Gricigliano, Italy this past September.
The formation of priests by the Institute is truly integral. Spiritual, intellectual and cultural without missing the value of hard work and personal responsibility.
With the present state of affairs world wide, I see the special blessing of providence in being in a place where I may have constant access to the life giving Sacraments of the Church, daily Mass, the Divine Office and regular confession. I am truly grateful. It was a great cause of sorrow and distress for me to hear from friends and family the deteriorating state of Catholic life under the growing Covid regime.
It seems a very hard time to be a Catholic, yet we know the Wisdom of God has made us to become saints in these very times, among these very conditions. Place your trust, childlike and sincere, in our Heavenly Father and be assured, he will sustain you.
The Institute of Christ the King is not a religious order. The Canons are secular priests, so even as seminarians we are responsible for our own finances. Each month of my seminary formation I must pay 750€ (~1 100CAD) in addition, all my personal expenses, small and large, are my own. Personal toiletries, clothing, books, and even postage for sending letters in the mail are just a few examples.
With the Grace of God and your financial assistance all this is possible. Please give generously! May God bless you abundantly.
Finally and most importantly, I ask that you please pray for me. That I might sincerely follow Christ without heed to the wisdom of the world. At the same time know that I pray for you my dear benefactors, past and present, remembering you at Mass, before the Blessed Sacrament and offering my communions for those who are denied access to the Sacraments at this time.
In Christ the King,