The Call To Priesthood
While God works perfectly and uniquely in calling men to the priesthood, the list of statistics below provides a look at men who said yes to the call and were ordained in the United States during 2017. The list is a highlight of results from a survey completed by the USCCB. As you read the list, reflect on our youth and men who may be called to the priesthood and actions we can take to support the call. And for some readers of this information, reflect on your own life and call you may be receiving:
- On average, those ordained first considered priesthood when they were 16 years old;
- The average age at ordination decreased from 36 in 1999 to 34 in 2017;
- On average, they have three siblings and were most likely to be the middle child in the family;
- Only 8% were home schooled at some point, and between 40-50% attended a Catholic school for at least some part of their schooling;
- 43% completed an undergraduate degree prior to entering the seminary;
- 57% reported full-time work experience prior to entering the seminary;
- 93% were baptized Catholics as infants;
- 77% participated in Eucharistic Adoration on a regular basis prior to entering the seminary;
- 48%participated in parish youth groups;
- 75% served as altar servers prior to entering the seminary;
- 82% were encouraged to consider the priesthood by someone in their life (parish priest, friend, or parishioner), and
- 48% were discouraged from considering the priesthood by one or more persons.
- During the coming months a look at the 6 young men from Kings and Tulare Counties who are currently seminarians will be presented.
- Sponsored by the Kings/Tulare Serra Club, promoting and supporting vocations to the priesthood and religious life.