I can tell you a story about a man from our parish.
He was studying for the priesthood in our local Seminary. The Seminary also serves every diocese in MI. This man got to know men from other dioceses, ones that have few vocations than Detroit has.
So he started to think about becoming a priest in one of those diocese instead. He still felt called to the diocesan priesthood, but wanted to go where he was most needed.
He thought some more, and investigaged other diocese in the US. He looked at Alaska, which is really short of priests.
He then expanded his search worldwide, with a desire to go to the diocese that was in the most need of priests.
He found one that had not had an ordination since 1979. He decided to seek to become a priest for the Diocese of Mogadishu, Somalia…
There were some challenges, such as there is no bishop for the diocese, the last one being killed in 1989, and the Cathedral itself is a ruin.
The Diocese is under the administration of the Bishop of Djibouti. So he applied there, was accepted, and finished his priestly studies in Africa. He has been since ordained a priest of the Diocese of Mogadishu and works in Djibouti in a Somali resettlement village near the border. In addition to running a parish of 12 people ( all French), he teaches the Somalis trade skills such as welding and small engine repair ( he was an engineer before becoming a priest).
Pray for Fr Mark.
Pics of Fr Mark’s parish