When Daniel Campbell saw an email in his inbox last spring from Soroti, Uganda, his first thought was: Am I being scammed?
Campbell, who directs Denver’s St. John Vianney Seminary Lay Division, had recently announced plans to teach a six-week online course that summer on St. Joseph.
The email in question was, purportedly, from a Catholic priest, who said he wanted to take the course but couldn’t afford to pay.
Campbell was understandably sceptical at first. But after a few rounds of Googling, Campbell realized the priest was legit.
That priest, Father Samuel Okiria, serves in the rural eastern part of Uganda, a small country in East Africa. Okiria has served in various capacities in his diocese, including as a teacher, parochial vicar, the bishop’s private secretary, and vice-chancellor of the diocese, and will soon serve as a professor at a national seminary.