Posts Tagged ‘priest shortage’

Wellington provides orientation for recently arrived priests Comments 0

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

The Archdiocese of Wellington, New Zealand, is presenting a four-day orientation session in May for recently arrived priests coming to serve in the NZ church, called “Landing the Waka.” These priests come from Samoa, Kiribati, the Philippines and India.   As well as information about the church, their welcome pack includes information on New Zealand and Read more

Number of Parishes reduced from 50 to 24 in Christchurch Diocese Comments 0

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Earthquake damage, ageing clergy and smaller congregations have led to a decision which will see the number of parishes reduced  from 50 to 24 in the Christchurch diocese The new parishes are larger and often involve a single priest holding services at more than one church. Christchurch Catholic Bishop Barry Jones said the reduction would “cause some Read more

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