Types of grants that can be made to CARF Foundation

We work so that no vocation is lost and so that the seminarians, once ordained priests, can transmit in their pastoral work all the light, science and doctrine received. Thanks to our benefactors, we help in the formation of priests, spread their good name and pray for their fidelity and for vocations.

There are different ways in which the CARF Foundation can help seminarians:

Donate online to seminarians

A fast and secure way to help seminarians, support the seminary and finance their formation. From anywhere, just with your mobile device, you can make a donation by following a few simple steps. Select the amount you want to donate and whether you want to make a one-time or recurring donation. Many seminarians depend on this act of generosity to complete their studies.

Donate Sacred Vessel Backpack

With your donation of 600 euros, you can help seminarians about to be ordained with a Sacred Vessel Backpack that contains all of the liturgical objects necessary to impart the sacraments and celebrate Mass wherever he may be.

He will pray for you for the rest of his life, and you will know who he is and in which country he will carry out his pastoral work, to commend him to be holy and faithful to his vocation.

Donations in kind

Another way to help seminarians with their formation is by making donations in kind. Donations in kind are those in which, instead of contributing money, the benefactor makes a contribution of certain goods: jewelry, watches, works of art....

Most of the time, these are valuable assets that the donor already knows he or she will not enjoy, and considers that they will be more useful if they support a worthy cause. The goods will receive a professional appraisal and, once they are auctioned, the money they bring in to support seminarian vocations will be tax-deductible.

He donates legacies and wills to train seminarians.

This testamentary disposition is a procedure that favors a non-profit institution, such as the CARF Foundation. Your legacy of solidarity is a commitment to the future and a way to perpetuate your life's work in others: to continue to support seminarians and diocesan priests on five continents. To do so, all you have to do is decide, in the form of an entire will or a part of a legacy of solidarity, your desire to help seminarians through the CARF Foundation.

International seminars with which the CARF Foundation collaborates

Under the inspiration and encouragement of St. John Paul II, Blessed Alvaro del Portillo initiated in 1989 the activity of the CARF Foundation to help seminarians and diocesan priests. Currently more than 800 bishops from the five continents annually request places and study grants for their seminarians and priests at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome and at the Faculties of Ecclesiastical Studies of the University of Navarre.

The CARF Foundation collaborates with two international seminaries, two priests' colleges and three major colleges, so that they can receive seminarians from all over the world who come to Europe to prepare for their formation.

  • International Seminar Sedes Sapientiae: erected in Rome by the Holy See in 1991. It can accommodate 85 resident seminarians and their formators. It occupies the former Conservatory of St. Paschal Baylon, in Trastevere, very close to St. Peter's and the Pontifical University. Seminary support.
  • Bidasoa International SeminarThe center was erected in Pamplona by the Holy See in 1988. It has a capacity for 100 residents and ten formators. It currently occupies a modern building in Cizur Menor, near the campus of the University of Navarra.
  • Altomonte y Tiberino: priestly colleges located in Rome. They have modern facilities and more than a hundred places for priests studying at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.
  • Echalar, Aralar and Albáizar: The University of Navarre is a university college located in Pamplona, which, together with the Los Tilos residence, has places for more than 130 students who come from all over the world to study in the University of Navarre's ecclesiastical faculties.

We should be grateful to God for priests. Let us not cease to pray for them or to collaborate in their ministry. Let us ask the Lord to continue to give us many good priests, for work is abundant and vocations are scarce. Let us begin to help seminarians and support seminaries so that there will be no shortage of priests who, in the name of Christ, care for the people of God.