A light in the darkness for vocations

For years now, the church in the U.S. has been dealing with a shortage of priests. Vocations to the priesthood seem to be at a low and many parishes are being forced to share priests or combine with other parishes as a result.

Reading articles like this one in The Catholic Virginian, newspaper of the Diocese of Richmond, Va., and this one in the Catholic Advance, in the Diocese of Wichita, Kan., are a little scary. The future for American vocations can seem pretty dark at times.

Thankfully, there are beacons of hope. Some young American men are heeding the call to the priesthood and new priests are being ordained. The Diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y., just ordained two men for the priesthood, as seen in this article in The Tablet.

In the Diocese of Monterey, Calif., an article in The Observer tells of the eight new priests who just joined the diocese, even as three priests retired.

The Monitor of the Diocese of Trenton, N.J., has this article about a young man who has just been formally accepted as a seminarian. He will be studying in Rome at the Pontifical North American College.

So, while it’s no secret that there aren’t as many vocations as there could be, it is nice to see that Americans are still accepting the call.

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