The Society of St Peter the Apostle helps in the trains of young men and women in their own country and culture to serve their people as religious Sisters, Brothers, or Priests. Most of the diocesan priests minister in their own dioceses after ordination. However, with the need in the Western societies, some of the diocesan priests, upon approval of their local bishops, also minister for a determined period of time in other places other than their own native diocese.

Stella Maris (Sao Bien) Seminary

Stella Maris (Sao Bien) Seminary started as a Minor Seminary in the 70’s. The war interrupted its operation and it can only resume as a seminary in 1992. It is affiliated to the Urbaniana Pontifical University in Rome.  The seminary offers Philosophy, Theology and a year of Spirituality; it serves the three dioceses: Nha Trang, Qui Nhon and also Ban Me Thuot. It was necessary to construct an extension to accommodate the growing number of seminarians admitted. The government has given permission for extra candidates to be admitted. There are 270 seminarians this current school year. MissioNZ, though the generous donation of Catholic Kiwis was able to help financially to complete the seminary extension.  

Supporting Seminarians

I am to celebrate my 34th anniversary as an ordained priest this year, and lately I have discovered that I am a child of missionaries. You should have seen the looks of shock among the parishioners when I declared this publicly during a Sunday homily. I had to calm them down right away by modifying my statement and say — “a child in faith” of missionaries!Yes! I was brought up in a parish where most of the priests I have known, in participating at Masses, were missionaries from Europe, the United States, Australia and even New Zealand. I remember how all of them exerted efforts to celebrate the Mass and preach in my local language in weird accents that kept me awake waiting for mispronounced words that made no sense, if not humorous. Today, the young foreign missionaries in New Zealand are the children in faith of missionaries of yesteryears. Most of them come from Asia and the Pacific where many Kiwi and Aussie missionaries went and worked before. In Asia, vocations to the priesthood and religious life flourish in countries like India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Worldwide, the biggest number of young vocations come from many countries in Africa. Poverty is at the heart of the essence of the Church. This means that all local Church will always be in want. No local Church will ever be completely self-sufficient. Poverty keeps the Church catholic; the Church will always need someone to reach out to them be it financially, spiritually and even personnel. MissioNZ, the Pontifical Mission Societies in New Zealand has able to contribute to help in the formation of seminarians in the Major Seminaries in Fiji, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Uganda, and the Diocesan Seminary in Auckland. Vocation may not flourish as it was before in the Western countries, including New Zealand. But the Holy Spirit continue to work mysteriously in the young men and women in Asia and Africa. They once were missionary- receiving countries. Today, the Holy Spirit is still attentive to the longings of many hearts that pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send labourers to the harvest fields. MissioNZ appeal to generous hearts to help sustain the formation program of young seminarians and candidates to the religious life.

The Beginnings of the Society of St Peter the Apostle.

Fostering Local Church Leadership

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st paul the apostle pix 2Jeann Bigard and her mother, Stephanie, had suffered from personal tragedies – the father had committed suicide and her brother was accidentally burnt to death. Both became virtual recluses, living almost as hermits. They turned to good works and became interested in making altar linen and vestments for missionaries in Japan.

Made aware of their interest, Fr Villion, who was stationed in Japan, approached them in 1888. From Kyoto in Japan, he asked them for assistance in building a church. Although very wealthy, they were also very careful with money. Ultimately they sold some land and a factory and gave 50,000 francs which enabled Fr Villion to build his church.

In 1889, a French Bishop of Nagasaki, Jules-Alphonse Cousin, suggested to the Bigards that they might consider supporting boys in Japan to train for the Priesthood. Thus was born the idea of a general society to promote indigenous clergy throughout the world. The Bigards donated to the new society the whole of their considerable fortune. Approved by the Pope in 1890, it too became a Pontifical Mission Society in 1922.

The Society trains young men and women in their own country and culture to serve their people as religious Sisters, Brothers, or Priests. Also assisted are in their formation and training are those catechists who have been chosen to be the teachers and mentors of the catechists in their country.