US ordination class of 2010: 31% foreign-born; 10% are converts
CWN - April 19, 2010
A survey of US seminarians who will be ordained this year has found that 31% were born outside the United States, with most coming from Mexico, Colombia, the Philippines, Poland and Vietnam.
Among the other findings of the survey:
the average (mean) age of ordinands is 37; the median age of diocesan ordinands is 33 10% are converts 37% have a relative who is a priest or religious 55% have more than two siblings 49% attended a Catholic elementary school, and 39% attended a Catholic college 60% completed college before entering the seminary; 92% held full-time jobs 16% had a parent with career military service 78% were encouraged by a priest to enter the seminary; few were influenced by vocational advertising 50% were discouraged by parents or other family members from considering the seminary; 15% were discouraged by priests, while 4% were discouraged by religious 19% attended a World Youth Day, and 8% attended a Franciscan University of Steubenville High School Youth Conference 67% regularly prayed the Rosary before entering seminary; 65% regularly took part in Eucharistic adoration the seminarians typically began to consider a priestly vocation when they were 18
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