Sample Letter for Your Bishop
(This is a draft letter you may suggest to your Bishop to send to successful friends in the US, especially those originally from your Diocese, inviting them to help your Diocese.)
[ARCH/DIOCESAN LETTERHEAD HERE]
Please receive my warm greetings for you and your family.
Through this letter I wish to invite you to a unique opportunity to help our local Church of [DIOCESE]. At this point of our history, as we approach the celebration of 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines come 2021, we see the great need of sending more priests for further studies in Rome, to continuously strengthen the foundations of our faith among our people.
Priests in Rome live close to the Holy Father, grow spiritually where the early Christians and martyrs lived, specialize in different fields as they learn from leading professors and authors, master foreign languages, are exposed to other countries and cultures, and minister to our Overseas Filipino Workers. After two to four years of studies, they return to serve our Church and society back home in Seminary formation, Biblical Apostolate, Lay and Clergy updating, Catechesis, Tribunals, Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue, Bioethics, Church and secular media, and other specialized ministries.
We invite our friends, especially those like you who have been blessed with a stable profession in the US, to kindly help our Church in this concrete need. Each Priest needs around $14,000 (or 12,000 Euros) a year, for board and lodging, tuition, medical insurance, bus pass, books, and other expenses.
This amount could be easily covered by twelve friends giving $100 each a month. May we invite you to be among our friends supporting this endeavor? Your $100 each month, either given personally, or soliciting from other friends (e.g., five friends giving $20 each every month), will surely go a long way for our Diocese. You may send your donation via Zelle (preferably), Chase Bank deposit, check, or credit card, and will receive a tax-deductible receipt, through www.friendsofthecollegio.org.
Please do not hesitate to contact me for any clarification. Since we plan to continuously send Priests to Rome for further studies, we kindly request that your commitment be for at least one year (at $100 each month) – after which you may either wish to continue, or ask some other friends to take your place in this effort. Assisting us in sending priests for continuing education in Rome is a very concrete way of helping our Seminary, our Diocese, and the whole Church here in the Philippines.
Thank you very much for your help. Rest assured of my prayers for you and your intentions. With every best wish, I remain,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Arch/Bishop of [Diocese]