Dragi Hrvatski Prijatelji,
My name is Antony Sumich and I am a seminarian currently studying in Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, in Denton, Nebraska. I belong to the Fraternity of Saint Peter, which is a priestly Fraternity of Apostolic life founded in 1988 after the Holy Fatherâ€™s Motu proprio Ecclesia Dei adflicta granted to the Fraternity the right to form priests in the Traditional Liturgy of the Roman Rite.
I was born in New Zealand and lived there until my 25th year when I moved to Europe to trace my family roots. My two grandfathers had emigrated from Croatia to New Zealand early in the twentieth century, where they married daughters of Croatian immigrants. All four of my grandparents came from the same region of Dalmatia, namely the Makarska coastal region. I then lived and worked in Croatia for six years where I learnt to speak Croatian, and where, more importantly I found my way back to the light of the Catholic Church. The Catholic way of life in post war Croatia made me proud to be both a Croatian and a Catholic. After a successful career coaching sport in Croatia, I answered Godâ€™s call and entered the Fraternity of Saint Peterâ€™s other Seminary in Wigratzbad, Germany. In August 2003 I was transferred to the USA so as to continue my studies in my mother tongue, as I had been studying in French whilst in Europe. Although I am very happy to be studying here in Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, I feel as though I am half way between my two homelands, in New Zealand and Croatia.
I have a particular affinity for the Glagolitic Mass of the Roman rite, which was celebrated in many parts of Croatia up until 1970. I dream that one day, God willing, I shall be able to celebrate a Glagolitic Mass in my home village of Podgora with a Klapa choir as backing, thus keeping alive the glorious tradition of the Mass begun by Saints Cyril and Methodius in the 9th century.
In writing this letter I am obeying the wishes of my superiors who have requested that all seminarians look for sponsors or benefactors to help alleviate the none too inconsiderable costs of seminary formation. In short, I am appealing to you as members of a Croatian Catholic parish, to help me find personal benefactors who can help me through my seminary years. My costs are placed in three categories, namely, seminary, daily, and travel. The seminary category covers the cost of general formation, lodging, insurance etc, the daily, covers my phone bills, books and stationery, visits to the dentist, clothing and toiletry, and the travel, covers my vacation periods should I wish to travel to New Zealand, Croatia, or remain in North America. If you feel you are able to assist in my formation, or you know of someone who may be able to help, please ring me at the seminary, or send me an e-mail to the following address:- firstname.lastname@example.org
Also you could look at our website www.fssp.org
â€śSeek, and you shall find, ask, and you shall receive, knock, and it shall be opened to youâ€?
These words of our Lord, give me the courage to place things in His hands, and I ask that you also pray for me on my path to the Holy Order of Melchizedech.
I remain, in Jesus and Mary,