Posts Tagged ‘priest shortage’

Global priest shortages Comments 0

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

I’ve said this so often I probably ought to have it printed on T-shirts: the most important Catholic story of our time is the demographic shift from the global north to the south, with two-thirds of the Catholics in the world today living in the southern hemisphere, a share that will rise to three-quarters by Read more

Vatican asks for a more active role for laicised priests Comments 0

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

The Vatican has appealed to diocesan bishops to encourage laicised priests to play a more active role in parish life. This information is contained in a letter from Cardinal Ivan Dias, the prefect for the Evangelisation of Peoples. The letter, dated February 2 2011, was to a priest who had written to the congregation on behalf Read more

Parish closures or amalgamations may be inevitable Comments 0

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Archbishop John Dew has announced a review into parishes in the Archdiocese of Wellington. A  group has been set up to conduct the review, and will report back after August 28. He has told parishioners that parish closures or amalgamations  “may well be inevitable”. “The viability of our fledgling pastoral areas, as well as our funding options, Read more

Survey: New priests getting younger Comments 0

Friday, April 29th, 2011

The average age of men ordained to the priesthood in 2011 is trending younger with the average age for the 2011 class at 34, with more than half between the ages of 25 and 34. This is slightly younger than in 2010, and follows the trend over the past five years of new priests getting Read more

Shortage of priests with worrying number due to retire Comments 0

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

The shortage of priests in New Zealand was highlighted by Archbishop John Dew in his homily at the Chrism Mass on Wednesday. He told his congregation that in the six years he has been been Archbishop of Wellington he has ordained one priest. In Cardinal Williams’, his predecessor’s, first six years, thirty two men were Read more