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Michigan villages produce a mini-boom in priestly, religious vocations

Catholic World News - June 17, 2014

The New York Times looks at two tiny neighboring towns in Michigan, with a combined population of just over 2,000, which together have produced 44 vocations to the Catholic priesthood, and 80 women religious. Those figures count the two priests-- twins-- who were recently ordained, but not their brother, who is still in the seminary.

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  • Posted by: feedback - Jun. 18, 2014 11:10 AM ET USA

    Do a "study", who are the priests in that town, and who is their bishop? What do they preach? What music do they play in the church? Is there an adoration chapel?

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Jun. 18, 2014 12:23 AM ET USA

    My German ancestors came from Westphalia, Germany and settled around Dunkerton, Iowa. A lot of vocations came out of that little area as well. Thanks for a very interesting story.

  • Posted by: BobJ70777069 - Jun. 17, 2014 6:12 PM ET USA

    Quick! Find out who or what is causing it. If it's a who, put him in charge; if it's a what, make copies.

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