[quote="Adamski, post:1, topic:317104"]
This morning my priest talked about the priest shortage it has been a topic he brings up a lot
I was thinking of what ideas could be done that fits withing church teachings that could have an immediate impact (within 10 years) develop more priests
1)Evangelize non practing Catholics bringing them back
2) evangelize non Catholics
3) make all the church teachings clear
4) evangelize Anglican, Lutheran and orthodox clergy
5) help widowers discern for priesthood
6) have a person at each parish that assists children to decern a vocation, (marriage is a vocation also)
7) help men and women who are divorced and not remarried decern a place in the church
8) make being a priest a Intersting option; I know of a priest that is a regular skier and another I have heard talk that is a regular surfer.
Any other ideas I would like to write a short paper on it so I can be clear of the possibilities or discuss my ideas
News date 2011:
"The number of seminarians in the United States has risen to 3,608--the highest number since the early 1990s--with some seminaries experiencing their highest enrollment in decades.
"In Minnesota, the archdiocesan seminary in St. Paul has its largest enrollment since 1980, while enrollment at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Ohio is the largest since the 1970s. Theological College in Washington is at its maximum enrollment.
“I'm tremendously impressed with the quality of the candidates, their zeal,” said Father Phillip Brown, who was appointed rector of Theological College in March. “We're seeing a real renewal of the priesthood.”
"Under Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, the Church worldwide has been blessed with a priestly vocation boom. The number of major seminarians surged from 63,882 in 1978 to 117,978 in 2009, an increase of nearly 85%, outstripping world population growth (58%) and Catholic population growth (56%) during the same time period."
News date 2013: