Of the 430 potential ordinands to the priesthood this year, 18 will have been formed at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary!
Promising data from a survey conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). Surveying the Class of 2018, it was found that many men have been encouraged by a family member, a priest or a friend to consider priesthood. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) shared the results and are reassured by what they see: “Father Ralph B. O'Donnell, Executive Director of the Secretariat, cited the significance of encouraging vocations awareness: ‘One of the most encouraging statistics to see in this study is that 86 percent of those to be ordained to the priesthood this year were encouraged to do so by someone in their life (most frequently a parish priest, friend or another parishioner). A similar percentage was reported in February in the most recent survey of those solemnly professed. This fact should enliven in the faithful a resolve to actively encourage the young people that they encounter to consider to what vocation God is calling them and to be generous in their response.’“
Read the full text with data and statistics from the CARA survey as shared by the USCCB here: http://www.usccb.org/news/2018/18-067.cfm