Posts Tagged ‘Vocations’

Numbers in Melbourne seminary at highest level since 70s

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

The number of men studying for the priesthood at Corpus Christi College in Melbourne has more than doubled since 1999. There are now 59 men in training at Corpus Christi, the highest number since the 1970s. They come from at least nine Australian archdioceses and dioceses. In 1999, the number at Corpus Christi was 28. Read more

Revival in entries to women’s religious orders in England

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

The number of women entering religious orders in England and Wales has reached a 25-year high. Forty-five women chose to pursue their vocations last year, the highest number since the 1980s. The number for 2014 was up from 30 the previous year. The figures, released by the National Office for Vocation in England and Wales, Read more

Pope warns against accepting unbalanced people into orders

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Pope Francis has warned religious orders against letting low numbers of new vocations influence whom they accept into religious life. The Pope was speaking to a conference of religious formation directors in Rome on Saturday. He told the 1200 directors that they must be “gravely attentive” to those they are guiding. This is so that Read more

Number of potential US ordinations up by quarter

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

The number of potential ordinands in the United States this year is up by 25 per cent from 2014. According to US Conference of Catholic Bishops figures, there are 595 men in the “class of 2015”, up from 477 in 2014 and 497 in 2013. The 2015 class of men to be ordained to the Read more

Disillusioned Catholic who became Rapping Priest

Friday, February 20th, 2015

A young Catholic priest who enjoys rap music had a few confessions about his faith and his music: He didn’t like the Catholic Church as a youth, and he doesn’t want to simply be known today as the Rapping Priest. Ascension Press just released a vocations video featuring Fr. Joshua. “I Will Follow”, is a Read more

Pope warns bishops not to accept priests when clergy are few

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Pope Francis has warned bishops not to accept priests just because there is a shortage of them in a diocese. In an address to the Congregation for Clergy on October 3, Pope Francis asked bishops to think of the good of the people of God and to study the itinerary of vocations carefully. Vocations are Read more

Record low intake at Ireland’s national seminary

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Ireland’s national seminary has reported a new low in this year’s intake of candidates, giving rise to fears of ancient parishes closing down. Just 13 men from seven dioceses will enter studies for the priesthood at Maynooth this year, down from 20 last year. Association of Catholic Priests co-founder Fr Brendan Hoban warned in The Read more

UK Dominicans try to raise million pounds for vocations

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Dominican friars in Britain are trying to raise one million pounds to cover costs following a rise in prospective vocations. The order has launched a training fund to try to accommodate a revival in its popularity. The Dominicans estimate it costs about 115,000 pounds to train each seminarian for seven years. There are 12 men Read more

Young people leading new spring in Irish church, nuncio says

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Young people are helping to lead a rebirth of the Catholic Church in Ireland, the apostolic nuncio to that country believes. American-born Archbishop Charles Brown told the Catholic News Service that this rebirth is like spring after 20 years of winter. “You see a renewed enthusiasm among young Catholics in Ireland now,” Archbishop Brown said. Read more

After years of decline, Catholics see rise in number of future priests

Friday, September 27th, 2013

After decades of glum trends — fewer priests, fewer parishes — the Catholic Church in the United States has a new statistic to cheer: More men are now enrolled in graduate level seminaries, the main pipeline to the priesthood, than in nearly two decades. This year’s tally of 3,694 graduate theology students represents a 16 Read more