Parishes will collect donations for the Archdiocese of Portland Seminarian Appeal during Masses the weekend of Sept. 26.

Someone many local Catholics know already has given — and how.

Msgr. Donald Buxman, who served as director of vocations for the archdiocese in the 1980s, transferred $50,000 in stock to the appeal.

Msgr. Buxman, who served as chaplain of the vocations promotion group Serra Club for many years, would just as soon have made his contribution anonymously. But workers at the pastoral center convinced him he should go public as a way to inspire other donors.

“Once a vocation director always a vocation director,” Msgr. Buxman said.

He knows firsthand the shortage of priests. Now in senior status, which is not quite retirement, he helps frequently at parishes around the region. He loves presiding at Mass and hearing confessions, and is glad to do it. He recalls older priests filling in for him when he was a pastor.

“Instead of paying it forward I am paying it backward,” Msgr. Buxman said.

Though people are wowed at his generosity — $50,000 is a big amount for a priest — Msgr. Buxman said the money will barely cover the cost of educating one seminarian for one year. He wants people to join him in giving.

“It takes money to do that, and it’s our future,” he said. “Have faith that God is calling the right guys and that they will become priests.”