The good news: I’ve been accepted to study at a seminary come September. The Lord has blessed me greatly.
The bad news: I have $21,250 in student debt. Frankly, I’m dirt poor so I had to use loans to pay for college. It wasn’t until the summer between my Junior and senior year that I actively pursued my vocation, so in terms of reducing cost it was already too late to withdraw as I was so near graduation. I have been blessed with minimum wage work and will have saved up $8000 by the end of August, thus reducing my debt to $13,250. I was going to work with Mater Ecclesiae Fund but they cannot accept you with such massive debt. A priest even said it would be pointless for me to try. The Laboure Society is undergoing a restructuring so they too cannot help me.
What I’m doing is a letter campaign. I’ll start that next week. I am going to place a notice in my parish bulletin to appeal but I’m not expecting much because we’re working on buying $250,000 repairs to the church front. I am working with the local Knights of Columbus too. These are all good things, but realistically I can’t expect to get $13k.
I will be barred from entering seminary with any debt. Though poor, Im a hard worker and at one point had three jobs. I’ve never expected the system to tend to me. I don’t grudge poverty either but its not easy. I want so much to live and die for the church. Being accepted in seminary is a huge step and an indication of Gods will, IMHO. But I feel burdened and hapless.
Does anyone have any suggestions or should I resign myself to the fate of my economic condition, passing life away as another statistic in the cycle of cumulative disadvantage as sociologists call it.
Thank you humbly.