seminary and money

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Question from Gaby on 5/31/2008:

Father, do you think beyone our secular society and many distracting things, that money is also a big reason for vocations to be ignored or discouraged? I was reading (having 1 in college myself) about the loans and debt of many students, including those going to lower priced state colleges. My son will have about 20,000 by the time he is through with his masters. You can't go into the priesthood with debt especially now with less scholarships, etc. One young man wrote to a priest that he was told to pay off his loans (25-30,000) before entering. In the years that would take, and everything else going up, what do you do? I don't think men should go from high school into seminaries but all colleges, even the holiest Catholic ones, are very $$. Any suggestions?
Answer by Fr. Robert J. Levis on 6/4/2008:

Gaby, A great and practical problem! A great post! I agree with you that young men should be very wary about amassing such great debts in college. I too know of most of them (including girls) with graduation debts of $25,000 and even more. Seminaries and convents have little money to spare, even to help pay off these loans. What to do? Be very wary against debts. These young men and women should get a job for a year or two, just to repay those college loans. If they have a well-off relative, perhaps some help could be given him. But delay seems to be a possible answer. God bless you. Fr. Bob Levis

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