The work of promoting vocations in Venezuela is bearing fruit. This year, despite the full social and economic crisis that the country is going through, aggravated by the pandemic situation caused by Covid-19, the vocational response to the ministerial life of priesthood has increased, with a total number of 804 seminarians, including young people who are in the preparatory phase or are studying philosophy and theology, reported Fides News Agency.
As reported by the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference, the various diocesan seminaries have tried to strengthen the spiritual discernment among young people through activities to promote vocational pastoral care so that they can study in-depth the call of God in their lives. Of the 21 existing seminaries in the country (including three propaedeutic seminaries), 186 students are currently in preparation; 328 study philosophy and 290 theology.
As Fr. Rivelino Cáceres, Director of the Department of Clergy, Seminaries, Vocations and Permanent Diaconate emphasizes, by following the guidelines of the new Ratio Fundamentalis, “once theology studies are completed, a year of pastoral experience is carried out in a parish, under the guidance of the parish priest and of a team of seminary formators, which lasts about a year, after which the priestly ordination takes place”. Currently, 7 seminarians are in this process, while 2 are on mission, an experience proposed by the Seminaries of the Neocatechumenal Way.