Vatican City, Feb 16, 2018 / 07:38 am
On Friday Pope Francis met with the community of the Pontifical Maronite College, explaining how their seminary formation isn't about them or even for them, but for the people they will eventually serve in their parishes and dioceses.
"The human, intellectual and spiritual enrichment you receive in these years is not a reward for you, much less a good to be earned for your career, but a treasure for the faithful who await you in your Eparchies and to whom your life looks forward to being donated," the Pope said Feb. 16.
"You will not be called to exercise, even well, an assignment – it is not enough! – but to live a mission, without savings, without many calculations, without limits of availability."
Pope Francis held an audience at the Vatican with around 45 seminarians and priests of the Pontifical Maronite College in Rome, which was founded in 1584 by Pope Gregory XIII as a place of study for Catholic seminarians of the Maronite rite.