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Old Dec 27, '09, 6:07 am
Praying4Love Praying4Love is offline
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Default Dioceses in need of priests

I am searching for the dioceses of the English language speaking countries that have a great need of priests, discussing the need of the people and the lack of priests in their parishes. I was told that Ireland in Europe and Australia have decrease of vocations to priesthood and less seminarians that they used to... I am asking this in order to have a global look on the situation. If possible, please come with real examples and not from what you were told.

Thank you all for your answers and God bless you!
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Old Dec 27, '09, 7:07 am
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As far as I know, in Europe there is a big need for priests... France, Holland, Belgium, as examples.
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Old Dec 27, '09, 7:57 am
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As I have read almost all diocese could use a "surge" in vocations. Here in the Pittsburgh Diocese we have seen an increase but no where it needs to be. We are blessed with Bishp Zubik...he is amazing and a great role model for what a happy, effective priest should be.
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Old Dec 27, '09, 9:23 am
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I have heard Australia and Canada are in dire need.
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Old Dec 27, '09, 2:14 pm
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This first website has data for every diocese by country...1950-2006...some diocese info is only current through 2004/2005...its quite interesting, but can easily give you more than you need.

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Here is another good site...not as much data but a little more current.

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Jesus Christ instituted the Catholic Church and entrusted the Church to the apostles, headed by Peter. There were only a few followers limited to the Holy Land at the time of Christ's death, but today the Catholic faith has spread throughout the world with over 1 billion (1Gig) followers.
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http://www.gcatholic.com/dioceses/
Here is an article re a diocese of Australia...lamenting the priests shortage...1600 Catholics per priest...note: Los Angeles has a ratio @3400 Catholics per priest (2004)...New York City has a ratio @ 1300 Catholics per priest...interestingly... NY City Diocese has @ 900 diocesan priests and @ 900 Religious Order priests...without the Religious Order priests...NY City diocese would be like Los Angeles...or worse!

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..."According to the official directory of the Catholic church, there are 3,134 priests in Australia and 89 deacons. This compares with the Catholic population, which is over 5 million, thatís more than 1,600 Catholics for every priest."...
http://www.groundreport.com/World/Fa...est-nu/2864335
This is "off point/subject"...but just looking at some of this data that vividly portrays the shortage of priests...especially in the Western nation-state democracies...it reminds me of Our Lord Jesus' words to Peter...re: the Church prevailing against the gates of hell (Matt 16:18)...and we know the Church Militant here on earth will last until the end of time...but what Our Lord did not say is that the Church in USA, Canada, England, France, etc. would prevail until the end of time...just look at the seven Churches in the Book of Revelation (Rev 1:11)..none of them exist today. We, in the "first world" nation-state democracies have been given "tons" riches in every aspect of life....and yet we have been committing (to some degree) spiritual suicide for the last 50 years...and are now some of the most spiritually improvised of peoples (on the aggregate whole)...on the face of the earth...the Catholic Church will survive...but will we (our future generations) have a vibrant Catholic Church in the USA...we are using the same "road map of progress" and marching to the same "beat and tune" that Western Europe and Canada have marched to...is it not likely that we will end up in the same swamp as they have? Sometimes I think that my prayer life is getting better...almost pretty good...that I am beginning to improve in my spiritual journey...and then I see some of this type data and most importantly see what we are doing in this USA...the "Road to Perdition" that we are (and have been) traveling...and I realize that my prayer life is really quite anemic...I really need to pray hard just for the grace to make it vibrant and to be capable of praying unceasingly...especially for the good old USA and our people!

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Old Dec 28, '09, 8:25 am
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If you get a chance, check out Alaska.
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halo, good afternoon. i am interested and concerned about the growing and increasing need of priests in many parts of the globe. actually, i am a newly ordained catholic priest here in the philippines. i wish to serve the other parts of the world, specifically those areas that are in dire need of ministers like me. here in our diocese, we have plenty of priests and in fact, there are many of my older brother priests who are seemed to be easy go lucky when it comes to schedules. as I read this issue about the shortage of priests in other dioceses, i began to entertain the idea of serving these places, in as much as my priesthood is universal.
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Old Jul 22, '12, 6:34 am
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I have heard Australia and Canada are in dire need.

Yes for Canada. I know Saskatchewan needs priests. The Diocese of Saskatoon is relying on visiting priests from other countries to fill in massive holes. I know they will take seminarians from other countries.
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Old Jul 22, '12, 7:40 am
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Diocese of Charlotte, NC:

http://charlottediocese.org/

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Old Jul 22, '12, 8:33 am
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I am not sure of the situation in other English speaking countries, but the Archdiocese for the Military Services (USA ) has lost 46% of its chaplains during the past ten years. In part this is because the military has a mandatory retirement age of 62.

http://www.stripes.com/catholics-see...lains-1.164918

The ratio of priests to Catholic servicemembers (1:1300) may sound good. But the needs of servicemembers are high, given the stresses of the job.
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Old Apr 28, '13, 1:23 pm
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ppine communityQUOTE=levimorales170;9553280]halo, good afternoon. i am interested and concerned about the growing and increasing need of priests in many parts of the globe. actually, i am a newly ordained catholic priest here in the philippines. i wish to serve the other parts of the world, specifically those areas that are in dire need of ministers like me. here in our diocese, we have plenty of priests and in fact, there are many of my older brother priests who are seemed to be easy go lucky when it comes to schedules. as I read this issue about the shortage of priests in other dioceses, i began to entertain the idea of serving these places, in as much as my priesthood is universal.[/quote]

Our diocese of St. Jean-Longueuil in Quebec Canada is looking for an english priest. The parish is made up of almost a 70% Philippine community.Our current priest is relocating to London Ontario leaving this position open as of August 1, 2013. Our Bishop Msgr. Lionel Gedron, P.S.S. would be your contact. www.dsjl.org
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Old Apr 29, '13, 1:41 pm
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The Diocese of Worcester in Massachusetts, USA has taken some in years past. Mostly from Columbia, Brazil, Africa, and Asia.
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Is it possible that a bishop/archbishop can transfer one or more of his diocesan priests to a different diocese or perhaps even a different country?
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Old Apr 29, '13, 3:58 pm
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Is it possible that a bishop/archbishop can transfer one or more of his diocesan priests to a different diocese or perhaps even a different country?
A prelate can transfer one of his priests to another locale (any local: diocese, state, country, continent, planet), as long as the prelate of the place the priest is being transferred to approves it, and is incardinated in that diocese afterwards.
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Old Apr 29, '13, 4:56 pm
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A prelate can transfer one of his priests to another locale (any local: diocese, state, country, continent, planet), as long as the prelate of the place the priest is being transferred to approves it, and is incardinated in that diocese afterwards.
Is it very common or not?
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