Living Waters International's programs address basic human and spiritual needs of the peoples of East Africa. We assist Roman Catholic missionaries and the people they serve. Our programs include student sponsorship and seminarians' support. Other projects include: construction of formation houses, schools, student hostels, churches, village chapels, health clinics, food relief, tuition assistance and teachers' salaries at Catholic schools, religious formation, retreats and support for the daily living expenses of religious, training of lay catechists, housing for the poor, wells, and solar and wind power facilities. We invite you to browse our various programs.

Seminarians' Purse

"But how are men to call upon him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher? And how can men preach unless they are sent? As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who preach good news!'?"
- Romans 10:14-15


The Seminarians' Purse is an initiative to support future priests of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales in the Province of East Africa. The MSFS began their apostolate in East Africa in 1988. Thirty-five MSFS priests currently serve in parish missions in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Mozambique. These missionaries are involved in religious formation, formal education, vocational training, and social services, including caring for street children, empowering women, and providing medical services.

Soon after arriving in East Africa, the MSFS began to promote native vocations to the priesthood. Many young men have responded to God's call. The MSFS Junior Seminary was established at Kihonda, Morogoro, Tanzania in 1993. Currently, 120 MSFS junior seminarians are enrolled. Major seminarians of the MSFS complete their Philosophy and Theological studies at the Salvatorian Major Seminary in Kola Hills, Morogoro. Eight MSFS major seminarians currently attend the Salvatorian Seminary. Two others, in preparation to begin theology studies in the fall of 2003, are completing their one-year regency at MSFS missions in East Africa. Annual expenses per seminarian are US$3,100, which include tuition and board.

To support a future missionary priest through the Seminarians' Purse, visit our Donate page. For more information about supporting a seminarian, contact us by any means listed on our Contact page.