Skip to comments.Where the Vocations Are (The Holy Spirit is Hard at Work)
Posted on 09/26/2010 8:41:06 PM PDT by Salvation
by Tim Drake in News on Friday, September 24, 2010 6:00 AM
Take a look at some of the good news coming from various seminaries across the U.S. and youll find that the Holy Spirit is still at work in the Church.
The St. Paul Seminary is welcoming 33 new seminarians this fall, bringing its total number of men studying for the priesthood to 92. Its the largest group the seminary has had since 1981. The seminarians for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are from 14 dioceses and three foreign countries.
Our strong enrollment reflects the growing number of men who are answering Gods call to the priesthood, said Msgr. Aloysius Callaghan, rector of the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity. Their witness offers hope for the future of our Church.
The Diocese of Saint Cloud, Minn., currently has more men in formation than it has had in more than 40 years.
Meanwhile, Sacred Heart School of Theology a seminary for men over the age of 30 in Franklin, Wis., has accepted its largest enrollment class in 20 years. Forty-two new seminarians have signed up for the fall, putting enrollment at 210. The incoming class is nearly double last years.
A lot of guys [have] decided that all this stuff theyve been chasing all of their lives is not as important as they thought it was, said Father Thomas Knoebel, vice rector at the seminary.
The Dominican order too both male and female is experiencing what Sister Joseph Andrew, vocation director with the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, Mich., describes as a spiritual explosion.
On Aug. 28, the teaching order of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist welcomed 22 new young women as aspirants to their community. The average age of the aspirants who just came in is 21. The average age of the entire group is 26. Founded in 1997 by four sisters originally from the Nashville Dominicans, the order presently has a total of 113 in the community.
The order is looking at the possibility of starting another motherhouse in either California or Texas, where land has already been donated.
Other Dominicans are experiencing growth as well.
On Aug. 2, the Dominican Province of St. Joseph accepted 21 men as novices. Thats the Eastern Provinces largest novitiate class since 1966. As evidenced both in diocesan seminaries and religious orders, those entering religious life are trending younger. The average age of those coming into the Eastern Province is 24.
The Nashville Dominicans thought that last years class would be their largest group of incoming postulants at 23. However, during the orders 150th Jubilee, they had their biggest incoming class ever this year with 27 women entering. The orders average age is 24.
Overall, the order is comprised of 274 nuns teaching in 34 schools across the country.
Why are young people attracted to the Dominican order in such numbers?
Archbishop Augustine Di Noia had some thoughts on the question, which he shared with the capitulars of the Provincial Chapter on June 12:
Our tradition is constituted by a unique convergence of qualities: optimism about the rationality and fundamental goodness of the natural order; an abiding certitude that divine grace and mercy are sheer gifts, unmerited and otherwise unattainable; a healthy realism about the peril of the human condition apart from this grace and mercy; a determination to maintain a Gods-eye view of everything that exists and everything that happens; an appreciation of the inner intelligibility of everything that God has revealed about himself and us; a wholly admirable resistance to all purely moralistic accounts of the Catholic faith; an unfailing devotion to the Eucharist and the Passion.
Staff writer Tim Drake writes from St. Joseph, Minnesota. This article was originally published in our sister publication, the National Catholic Register.
**Meanwhile, Sacred Heart School of Theology a seminary for men over the age of 30 in Franklin, Wis., has accepted its largest enrollment class in 20 years. Forty-two new seminarians have signed up for the fall, putting enrollment at 210. The incoming class is nearly double last years.**
Our Archdiocese has at least one seminarian here. He spoke at our Serra Club meeting before he left for Wisconsin.
Well, we are pretty pleased to have 8 from the Diocese of Las Vegas including one from my parish.
Prayer ping for these seminarians and sisters pursing a consecrated religious life.
Wow! That’s great.
I wish I could like that comment, Jvette, because I like. V’s wife.
I mean like you can do on FB...
Shakin’ my head here, ventana, not sure where you want to go with that. Maybe you could explain:)
Yeah, we are very pleased. Las Vegas has a lot of Catholics and we need priests. The ones we have are very overworked as you can imagine.
My Catholic Daughters court helps our seminarian with $1,000.00 per school year to use in whatever way he needs.
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Praise God! :)