Typical new priest: 31-year-old who prays Rosary, takes part in adoration
April 26, 2011
The typical member of the ordination class of 2011 is a 31-year cradle Catholic who prayed the Rosary and took part in Eucharistic adoration before entering seminary, according to a survey of 329 of the 480 men slated to be ordained to the priesthood in the United States this year. The survey was conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
Among the survey’s findings:
- New Priests Younger, Influenced by Parish Priests, Catholic Education, Service as Altar Boys, Social, Church Environment (USCCB)
- New Priest Class Boasts Variety of Religious, Ethnic Backgrounds (USCCB)
- The Class of 2011: Survey of Ordinands to the Priesthood (USCCB)
Posted by: -
Apr. 26, 2011 11:02 PM ET USA
Yes, these statistics do give me hope for a renewed priesthood -- especially the stats on praying the Holy Rosary and Adoration. Perhaps in another generation or so these changes will bear fruit in a different collection of American bishops -- and a Mass with less back slapping during the Sign of Peace and less guitar playing -- and more Latin Masses in the Extraordinary Form accompanied by Sacred Music. Well, at least I can hope.
Posted by: koinonia -
Apr. 26, 2011 4:09 PM ET USA
Prayer is so critical to the life of the priest, especially these days. It's a good thing that the Rosary and Eucharistic adoration are not foreign to these young men. They will certainly need to continue these devotions as priests, no matter the work load, and there is reason for hope for the future. Now, if we can just get that number (480)into the thousands.
Posted by: jdieterich616502 -
Apr. 26, 2011 1:53 PM ET USA
None of this data should be a suprise to anyone in full-time ministry, particularly those working with youth and young adults.