"Today the concept of truth is viewed with suspicion, because truth is identified with violence. Over history there have, unfortunately, been episodes when people sought to defend the truth with violence. But they are two contrasting realities. Truth cannot be imposed with means other than itself! Truth can only come with its own light. Yet, we need truth. ... Without truth we are blind in the world, we have no path to follow. The great gift of Christ was that He enabled us to see the face of God".Pope Benedict xvi, February 24th, 2012

The Church is ecumenical, catholic, God-human, ageless, and it is therefore a blasphemy—an unpardonable blasphemy against Christ and against the Holy Ghost—to turn the Church into a national institution, to narrow her down to petty, transient, time-bound aspirations and ways of doing things. Her purpose is beyond nationality, ecumenical, all-embracing: to unite all men in Christ, all without exception to nation or race or social strata. - St Justin Popovitch

Sunday 18 April 2010


> * DATE: *April 16, 2010
> *FROM: *Don Clemmer
> *O:* 202-541-3206
> *M:* 260-580-1137
> * *
> WASHINGTON—The vast majority (92 percent) of men being ordained to the
> priesthood report some kind of full-time work experience prior to
> entering the seminary, most often in education. Three in five (60
> percent) ordinands completed college before pursuing the priesthood,
> with one in five (20 percent) also receiving a graduate degree. One in
> three (34 percent) entered the seminary while in college.
> The median age of ordinands is 33. The youngest member of
> the Class of 2010 is 25; 11 men are being ordained at the age of 65 or
> older. On average, men were 18 when they first considered their vocation.
> This analysis is part of /The Class of 2010: Survey of
> Ordinands to the Priesthood/, an annual national survey of men being
> ordained priests, 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/vocations/classof2010
> <http://www.usccb.org/vocations/classof2010>, as well as on the new
> www.ForYourVocation.org <http://www.foryourvocation.org/> which is set
> to launch on April 25, Good Shepherd Sunday and the World Day of
> Prayer for Vocations. The survey was commissioned by the United States
> Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
> “One important trend evident in this study is the
> importance of lifelong formation and engagement in the Catholic
> faith,” said Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, chairman of the U.S.
> Bishops' Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. He noted
> that, along with their education and work experience, half to
> three-quarters of the Class of 2010 report they served as an altar
> server, lector, Eucharistic minister or other parish ministry.
> “Most ordinands have been Catholic since birth,” said
> Cardinal O’Malley, “Four in five report that both their parents are
> Catholic. Almost eight in 10 were encouraged to consider the
> priesthood by a priest. This speaks to the essential role the whole
> Church has to play in fostering vocations.”
> The survey had a response rate of approximately 77 percent
> of the 440 potential ordinands reported by theologates, houses of
> formation, dioceses, and religious institutes. They included 291 men
> being ordained for dioceses and 48 for religious orders, such as the
> Jesuits, Dominicans and Franciscans.
> In other findings, CARA reported:
> · Close to two in five (37 percent) have a relative who is a
> priest or religious.
> · Two thirds report regularly praying the rosary (67 percent)
> and participating in Eucharistic Adoration (65 percent) before
> entering seminary.
> · More than half of ordinands (55 percent) report having more
> than two siblings, while one-quarter (24 percent) report having five
> or more siblings. Two in five (38 percent) are the oldest child in
> their family.
> · Seven in 10 report their primary race or ethnicity as
> Caucasian/European American/white (70 percent). Compared to the adult
> Catholic population of the United States, ordinands were more likely
> to be Asian or Pacific Islander (10 percent of responding ordinands),
> but less likely to be Hispanic/Latino (13 percent). Compared to
> diocesan ordinands, religious ordinands are less likely to report
> their race or ethnicity as Caucasian/European American/white.
> · Nearly one-third (31 percent) of the ordination class of
> 2010 was born outside the United States, the largest numbers coming
> from Mexico, Colombia, the Philippines, Poland and Vietnam. Between 20
> and 30 percent of ordinands to the diocesan priesthood for each of the
> last 10 years were born outside the United States.
> · Eight in 10 (85 percent) report they have seen the “Fishers
> of Men” DVD published by the USCCB.
> ---
> Keywords: Class of 2010, ordinands, ordination, priesthood, religious,
> diocesan, clergy, seminary, Center for Applied Research in the
> Apostolate, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Committee on Clergy, Consecrated
> Life and Vocations
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