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Timothy J. Coyle, PGK, PFN RSVP/PFH/Vocations Chairman Chairman
RSVP/PFH/Vocations Chairman
Phone: (509) 939-3424

 Refund Support
 Vocation Program (RSVP)

 Keep the faith alive by supporting our seminarians and postulants.

As the strong right arm of the church, Knights of Columbus are committed to providing moral, financial and spiritual support to our future priests and religious at all stages of their formation. a featured program, rsvP counts for two credits toward the Columbian award.

Through this program, council and parish families will raise funds to support seminarians or religious in formation, in their area. For every $500 donated to an individual, the supreme Council will refund $100 back to the council — up to a maximum of $400 (four individuals) per council per fraternal year. Though financial support is vitally important, it is not the only aspect of the rsvP program. Councils are also called to provide their “adopted” seminarian or religious with moral support and prayers for their success.

July 2024

My Brother Knights,

This past month I attended the ordinations of four new priests. For the Diocese of Yakima, Father Antonio Garcia and Father John Washington were ordained on May 24th. For the Archdiocese of Seattle, Father Kyle Rink and Father Maximiliano Muñoz were ordained on June 1st at the Cathedral of St. James in Seattle.

It was rewarding for me because this is the first year that I have been the Vocations Chairman through all 10 years following these seminarians from college to Theology, Deaconate to Priesthood. Over the years I began to know many of the seminarians, especially those attending Bishop White Seminary. As I was at the Seattle ordination, several priests who knew me from their time at Bishop White stopped to great me.

Seminarian formation is a long road, and some of the seminarians come from diverse backgrounds. One seminarian I know was a dentist in the Navy. One has a degree in engineering. What is the cost to educate a seminarian from college through ordination?

College tuition is about $55,000 and residency fees are around $23,000 on average. That is about $312,000 to get their philosophy degree. These costs are the responsibility of the seminarian or his family.

Theology and pre-theology seminarians cost about $48,000 - 50,000 per year. These seminarians are supported by their diocese’s Annual Catholic Appeal or Seminarian Appeal and have no out of pocket expenses other than personal needs.

The RSVP program is designed to relieve the financial burden of these seminarians and provide funds for their personal needs. This past year the Seattle seminarians received around $5,000 each in support from the Knights of Columbus. The Spokane and Yakima seminarians received around $1,500 each in support from the Knights of Columbus. This is because of the number of councils in each diocese does not equate to the number of seminarians from that diocese.

This past year, Seattle Archdiocese had 14 seminarians, Spokane had 10 and Yakima had 9. Seattle Archdiocese has about 3.5 times the number of councils as Spokane and Yakima. We need to rethink our approach to the RSVP program and equalize the support each seminarian receives. This next year we will be trying to equalize the support throughout the state. That means that some of the councils in the Seattle Archdiocese will be asked to support seminarians in Spokane and Yakima Dioceses. Let’s give support where it is needed.