Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New priests younger, were altar servers, lectors, carry debt

Father Eben
MacDonald of
Los Angeles.
... From United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON — The average age of men ordained to the priesthood in 2012 is trending younger with the median age for the 2012 class at 31. Two-thirds of the class are between the ages of 25 and 34.

These figures stand out in The Class of 2012: Survey of Ordinands to the Priesthood, an annual national survey of men being ordained priests for U.S. dioceses and religious communities. The study was conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), a Georgetown University-based research center. The entire report can be found at www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/vocations/ordination-class/.

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