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Diocese to Recruit Priests?

I think this is good news. If children don't see nuns or priests it won't even occur to them that they too could be called.

It took two years, but the Catholic Diocese of Charleston has put in place a strategy where no strategy was before. It’s a special kind of outreach — or maybe it should be called inreach. Through aggressive use of social media, as well as regular visits to Catholic schools, parishes and other institutions in the state, diocese officials are hoping to find and encourage future priests. The Rev. Jeffrey Kirby, vicar of vocations for the diocese, now works from a Charleston office in the Drexel House on Wentworth Street. He was appointed to the job two years ago, soon after the Most Rev. Robert E. Guglielmone took over as bishop.
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Anonymous said...

I think this could see some success, but I think a return to the pre-Gregorian reform rules allowing for priests to marry before ordination would do much more.

This may just be anecdotal but I have met many young men who said they wanted to be priests but their main hurdle was they also wanted a family. I have felt the same thing. Protestant churches are fine having married pastors, same with eastern Catholics, Anglo-Catholics, Orthodox etc..

Am I off-base here or if the average age of priests continues to climb higher into the 60's, and barely english-proficient foreign priests stumble through sermons across America, shouldn't we give this a little thought?

Anita said...

I don't think that is any kind of solution. As a mother of 7, I know my husband is stretched to the limit to provide for his children and actually be a Father to them. I cannot imagine if he was the spiritual Father to a whole parish. Moreover, salaries would have to go up by a large amount to support the many children that most faithful Catholic families have. In my (albeit limited) experience with Eastern rite priests, they have much smaller congregations than the average Roman parish, and have never come across one that offers daily liturgy. Another poignant question is how many women would want to be the wife of a priest, not me!! I could not stand the pressure and judgment and folks trying to get to my husband through me, and figuring that since I'm married to a priest, I must be really holy and wise or something. The priesthood is supposed to be a sacrifice, a consecration wholly to God. But the married state is about so many temporal things. Then we'd have the scandals of divorces among married priests. Also, it's not so much about what you want, but what God wants. If he wants you to sacrifice having a family, then do it, don't look back, don't look for an out.

My opinion, fwiw.

Canadian anonymous said...

I'm not sure that being 36 will help him 'connect' with students. A content loving serene holy priest in his 70s could be just as effective.

A married priesthood won't solve the problem of vocations. If people are aware they have a vocation and are willing to ignore it for one reason (which might be a very good one) they'll be willing to ignore it for another. In Saskatchewan the typical Orthodox parish priest has a dozen mission charges, most of which have Liturgy once a year for praznik. This wasn't a problem 100 years ago.

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