07 March 2014
Ordinations in France
The website of the conference of the bishops of France gives the numbers of priestly ordinations in 2013 for each diocese. There are 108 dioceses in France. During the year, there were 92 ordinations for diocesan priests, which is less than one per diocese. The top performing dioceses were:- Frejus-Toulon 10, Verseilles 8, Paris 6, Gap 5, Grenobles-Vienne 4, Avignon 3, Lille 3, Chartres 3, Autan 2, Bayonne 2, Bordeaux 2, Dijon 2, Le Mans 2, Le Puy 2, Orleans 2. There were 21 dioceses with a single ordination, leaving 72 dioceses without any at all. There were also 38 ordinations for priests belonging to religious orders. I am not sure whether this includes the traditional orders or not. The striking feature is how much the top performing dioceses are ahead of run of the mill. Needless to say, Frejus-Toulon has a bishop who is well disposed to the traditional Mass. England and Wales performs rather better than France with an average of just over one ordination per diocese. Scotland, regrettably is doing less well.