THE PONTIFICAL SOCIETY OF ST. PETER THE APOSTLE
The activities of the Pontifical Society of St. Peter the Apostle are primarily related to the formation of the local clergy. There are two main tasks carried out by P.O.S.P.A.:
In 2003 the Pontifical Society of St. Peter the Apostle financed 935 Seminaries: 303 Major, 102 Propaedeutic and 530 Minor, with a total of 79,270 seminarians (26,713 major; 3,643 propaedeutic and 48,914 minor ones). Moreover, 7 new Seminaries were subsidized for the first time; 9,373 new members were admitted and 1,976 ordinations took place.
Beside the two areas of support previously mentioned, a third important one concerns the formation of the local religious communities, as the Pontifical Society of St. Peter the Apostle contributes by financially assisting first year male and female novices, or by providing extraordinary subsidies in one single sum for the promotion of vocational activities or the maintenance of seminarians. Their formation is also important for their professional contribution to the service of the universal Church as teachers, nurses, catechists, pastoral workers. In 2003, subsidies were assigned to 3,856 male and 7,010 female novices.
As far as the formation of the local clergy is concerned, the Pontifical Society of St. Peter the Apostle also contributes financially by granting scholarships for specialization courses, to be attended either in Rome or in Superior Institutes located in Africa (610 scholarships).
The priests who attend universities in Rome can find accomodation in 2 Colleges which are directly administered by the Pontifical Society of St. Peter the Apostle (St. Peter College and St. Paul College). Here 338 priests from 58 countries are hosted, whereas 80 religious sisters from 21 different countries live in the "Foyer Paul VI," also managed by the Pontifical Society of St. Peter the Apostle.
(Pictures: New theology block at "St. Joseph Pontifical Seminary," Alwaye, India, thanks to P.O.S.P.A.'s contribution; priestly ordination in Africa; missionary apostolate in India).