Posted in Religion, tagged brothers, Catholic priests, diocesan priesthood, discernment, enclosed nuns, monks, nuns, priesthood, priests, religious life, religious vocation, sisters, UK Vocations, vocation on April 20, 2013|
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This report on vocations comes from CVComment, and brings together statistics recently released by the National Office for Vocation. I wouldn’t yet call it a vocations boom, but it is a definite and hugely encouraging upturn, as this graph about recent diocesan ordination figures shows.
Here is the full report:
New figures for 2012 show numbers of men and women entering religious orders have risen for the third year running, while ordinations to the priesthood have reached a ten-year high. There were 29 people entering religious life in 2010, rising to 36 in 2011 and 53 in 2012. Meanwhile, 20 men were ordained to the diocesan priesthood in 2011 and 31 in 2012, with 41 diocesan ordinations projected for 2013.
The ordination figures do not include religious men ordained to the priesthood, nor ordinations to the Ordinariate, of which there were 21 last year.
As these two tables show, current diocesan ordination figures (excluding the Ordinariate and the religious orders) are lower than the 1980s-90s, which were inflated by a sudden influx of former Anglican priests as well as the so-called ‘JPII bounce’ following the Pope’s 1982 visit…
Full breakdown of religious order statistics here, seminary entrances here, and ordinations here, supplied by the National Office for Vocation.
It’s the religious order figures that strike me most: last year 53 men and women joined religious communities in England and Wales, the largest number in sixteen years.
[Note: the pre-1982 figures are being disputed/clarified! But it is the upturn in recent years that interests me most…]
[Another note: see this clarification here from CVComment. I have simplified the quotations above in response, so I think the stats in my present post are correct!]
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Posted in Religion, Spirituality, tagged careers, Catholic priesthood, Catholic Truth Society, Christianity, consecrated life, diocesan priesthood, discernment, faith, jobs, marriage, meaning of life, priesthood, purpose in life, religious life, religious vocation, vocation, young people on October 31, 2012|
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The National Office for Vocation, in association with the Catholic Truth Society, is publishing a new series of leaflets about the different Christian vocations. Take a look at the CTS website here for more information.
They should be very useful, not least because of their size and cost (and of course they are beautifully produced and full of inspiring stories and information!): You get a pack of 25 leaflets for £5.95, so it is easy for a parish or school to splash out, buy a few packs, and distribute the leaflets to various groups without worrying about breaking the bank. Or as an individual you can keep a few in your pocket and hand them out to people on the bus or tube as a form of evangelisation!
The first three were published this month, on marriage, religious life, and diocesan priesthood.
You can also see the new site about religious life from the National Office for Vocation, which also has a micro-site about religious life for 10-16 year olds!
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