REFUND SUPPORT VOCATIONS PROGRAM: Vocations to the ministerial priesthood and to the consecrated life can only flourish in a spiritual soil that is well cultivated.” (Pope Benedict XVI to the 45th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, April 13, 2008)
Through the RSVP, the Knights of Columbus has cultivated this spiritual soil for more than 30 years. While the order has a number of vocations programs, RSVP is the primary program through which councils, assemblies and circles provide financial and moral support to men and women preparing for the priesthood or religious life, and every council, assembly and circle is encouraged to participate. It allows councils & assemblies to “adopt” one or more seminarians or postulants and provide them with financial assistance and moral support.
Money provided by RSVP is used by seminarians and those in religious formation for tuition and books, car insurance and maintenance, travel during vacations, emergency expenditures and other living expenses. Knights provide more than financial support though; members write letters to students, sponsor dinners for them, invite them to join the council and, most importantly, pray for vocations. Qualifying councils and assemblies receive a $100 refund for every $500 donated. The maximum refund a council or assembly can receive is $400 per individual supported.