Fourteen priests were ordained have been ordained in various locations for the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter so far this year. Cardinal Burke ordained nine priests for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest on 2nd July. In addition, the Institute of the Good Shepherd have six new priests.
That is 29 newly ordained priests between the three traditional orders, bringing the total number of serving priests well over 500.
To this total can be added many priests who belong to traditional religious communities including Benedictines (particularly in France), Dominicans and Redemptorists.
The traditional orders are continuing to grow at a time when the numbers of Diocesan priests are declining throughout the western world. Gradually, our bishops are coming to recognise that the part that the traditional orders can play within our dioceses. Currently they are established in five English dioceses. Maybe it will be the turn of the Diocese of Middlesbrough soon.