Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Typical New Priest: 31-year-old Cradle Catholic, From Large Family, Prays Rosary

The typical member of the ordination class of 2012 is a 31-year cradle Catholic who prayed the Rosary and took part in Eucharistic adoration before entering seminary, according to a survey of 304 of the 487 men slated to be ordained to the priesthood in the United States this year. The survey was conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
Among the survey’s findings:

  • the median age of ordinands is 31; the mean age, 35
  • the typical diocesan ordinand lived in his diocese for 16 years before entering seminary, though 12% had lived in their diocese for less than a year 
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