In a time when most Catholics think that the priest shortage has reached near-epidemic proportions, mission dioceses have actually seen increased seminarian enrollment. Although rural and under-resourced mission dioceses make up only about a quarter of the US Catholic population, they account for one third of all priestly ordinations in our country.
While a blessing, this growth creates a unique financial burden for mission dioceses that already dedicate a large portion of their annual budgets to the recruitment and education of seminarians. Through their generous gifts toward seminarian education, Catholic Extension donors are a blessing to these dioceses. Their donations ensure that there is no financial barrier preventing young men from answering God’s call to serve where they’re needed most.
Stories from the Seminary
Bishop Robert Barron on the Future of the Church
Bishop Robert Barron, rector of Mundelein Seminary, sits down with Fr. Jack Wall, president of Catholic Extension, and tells you why a key to Church survival is funding future priests’ training.
Seminarians Discuss their Vocations
Seminarians from the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Missouri discuss their vocations and offer advice to those considering religious life.
Anchored in Faith: Nick Adam
A conversation with seminarian Nick Adam, who left his broadcasting career to talk about Christ.
Following the Call: Ronald Manango
A discussion with Seminarian Ronald Manango, who will be ordained to the priesthood in 2016.
Soccer for Seminarian Education
An annual tradition helps raise money for seminarian education in the Diocese of Yakima.