United States: Hope and Areas for Growth in 2018 Priestly Ordinations

The Georgetown University-based Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) published the results of a recent study “The Class of 2018: Survey of Ordinands to the Priesthood.”  CARA collects the data annually for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.

Approximately 78% of the 430 ordinands reported to CARA.  The study indicates that potential ordinands for the class of 2018 total 430, down from 590 in 2017.  Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin commented:  “Although the overall number of ordinations to the Priesthood is lower this year, the information gathered from this survey and the generosity of those to be ordained continues to inform the important work of vocations ministry for the future.

To review the full CARA report published in Zenit, please select this link.