20 May 2014
Ordinations in the USA
The United States Catholic Bishops Conference have commissioned a survey of the 477 men expected to be ordained to the priesthood during 2014. The list, which includes diocesan and religious, was compiled by contacting all known US seminaries. It is not clear whether this includes the FSSP seminary in Denton. Here are a few of the points which emerged. 1 The average age of ordinands is 34. 2 9% are converts. 3 81% have two Catholic parents. 4 60% had a previous career. 5 On average they first considered the priesthood at the age of 17. 6 48% said that they received active discouragement.