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Typical new priest: 32-year-old cradle Catholic who prays Rosary, takes part in Eucharistic adoration

Catholic World News - May 02, 2013

The typical member of the priestly ordination class of 2013 is a 32-year-old cradle Catholic who has three or more siblings and prayed the Rosary regularly before entering seminary, according to a survey of 366 of the 497 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.

31% of the ordinands are foreign born, with the most typical foreign countries of birth being Mexico (5%), Vietnam (3%), Colombia (3%), Poland (2%), the Philippines (2%), and Nigeria (2%). On average, these foreign-born seminarians have lived in the United States for 14 years and arrived in the US at age 24.

A disproportionately high percentage of ordinands attended a Catholic elementary school (42%), Catholic high school (42%), or Catholic college (44%). In addition, a disproportionately high percentage were home schooled: 4% were home schooled, typically for seven years, at a time when less than 2% of US children were educated at home. If one assumes that all the homeschooled seminarians came from the United States, then 6% of US-born ordinands were home schooled.

Among the survey’s findings:

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