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Bangkok, Thailand, Jun 17, 2015 / 04:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Sacred Heart of Jesus Minor Seminary in Thailand’s Chantaburi diocese has spent 80 years forming young men to be priests.

“The seminary is the heart of a diocese,” Bishop emeritus Lawrence Thienchai of Chanthaburi told CNA June 13.

He was one of the thousands of Catholics who marked the seminary anniversary with a Mass that witnessed the ordination of a new priest.

The bishop compared the minor seminary to a plant nursery. The seminary educates young boys in “holistic formation to become a holy priest.”

He said the seminarians are “formed with an academic discipline and helped to arrive a human maturity and maturity of faith” so that they can witness to Christ.   

Even for boys who do not have a calling to the priesthood, the seminary formation imprints a distinct personality. The bishop said that…

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