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Boom Time for Westminster Seminaries [UK]
The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/28/10 | Nibin Thomas

Posted on 09/29/2010 6:58:24 AM PDT by marshmallow

Allen Hall, the Diocese of Westminster’s seminary in London, has witnessed an increase in the number of men joining the priesthood, at a time when national figures are far from positive.

Eleven men have started studying for the Catholic priesthood since the start of the 2010 to 2011 academic year at Allen Hall, bringing the total number of men preparing for priesthood at the seminary to 46. This number includes men who are preparing to become priests for the Diocese of Westminster and also for other English and overseas dioceses and religious orders including Lancaster, Nottingham and Helsinki.

Monsignor Mark O’Toole, Rector of Allen Hall said: “It is great to have this number of men preparing for the Catholic priesthood at our seminary. The 11 new seminarians, both Religious and Diocesan, who join us this year embark on a long period of formation, a time not just spent ‘studying’ or ‘training’ for the priesthood but also growing to become more like Christ the Good Shepherd, men of faith and integrity.”

The Diocese of Westminster alone now has 33 men preparing for the priesthood, with eight men having started this September. Of these, three are studying at Allen Hall, with three more at Vallodolid, Spain and one each at the Beda College and the Venerable English College, both in Rome.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols expressed his delight over the increase in priestly vocations in the Diocese and reiterated the Holy Father’s call for “good and holy men who are willing to lay down their lives for their sheep”.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach

1 posted on 09/29/2010 6:58:24 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Two new openings just this week in the Allentown PA Diocese

2 posted on 09/29/2010 7:22:02 AM PDT by fatboy
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To: marshmallow

I predicted that there would be an increase but I didn’t expect it this soon. I was saying four or five years down the road.

God bless them and God bless Pope Benedict for putting the priesthood in front of them on his trip to England!

3 posted on 09/29/2010 9:19:14 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: fatboy
My how this list has changed from the cleansing of the seminaries down at the bottom to now booming seminaries up at the top.

Praise the Lord!

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4 posted on 09/29/2010 9:25:55 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I see that I got those links mixed up and that there are some very old links that no longer work.

Will fix them later today.

5 posted on 09/29/2010 9:27:39 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I see that I got those links mixed up and that there are some very old links that no longer work.

Will fix them later today.

6 posted on 09/29/2010 9:27:50 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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