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465 Americans to be ordained priests; 1/4 foreign-born, majority on dean’s list in college

Catholic World News - April 21, 2009

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has released data on members of the ordination class of 2009. A remarkable 55% who responded to a survey were on the dean’s list in college, while 11% were college valedictorian or salutatorian.

One quarter of this year’s ordinands are foreign born. Mirroring worldwide vocation trends, a disproportionately high number are Asian Catholics, while a disproportionately low number are Hispanics. Disproportionately high numbers attended Catholic elementary school, Catholic high school, and Catholic college, while 10% are converts-- with the average age of conversion being 21.

According to one press release issued by the USCCB, the average age of those who will be ordained priests is 36; according to another press release, it is 33.

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