The following was posted May 17 on the website of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops.

The average age of men ordained to the priesthood in 2012 is trending younger with the median age for the 2012 class at 31. Two-thirds of the class are between the ages of 25 and 34. This is slightly younger than last year and follows the trend over the past six years.

These figures stand out in The Class of 2012: Survey of Ordinands to the Priesthood, an annual national survey of men being ordained priests for U.S. dioceses and religious communities….

Data show that on average, most of the ordination class have been Catholic from birth, but six percent became Catholic later in life. More than four in five report that both parents are Catholic, and more than a third have a relative who is a priest or religious.

Ordinands of the Class of 2012 have been active in parish ministries. Three-quarters indicated they served as an altar server and more than half (53 percent) participated in a parish youth group. One-fifth (22 percent) participated in a World Youth Day before entering the seminary.

The survey also found that new priests in dioceses and religious orders have educational debt. The debt is higher on average among men being ordained for the diocesan priesthood.

Diocesan ordinands averaged $19,614 in educational debt when they entered the seminary. Several reported that their educational debt is now paid, but those still with educational debt average $20,966 at the time of ordination….

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READER COMMENTS

Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 7:21 AM By MacDonald
So glad to read this! We need younger priests who can serve the Church longer. Also glad to learn that many of the new priests are CONVERTS to the faith, who bring with them a very conscious choice to become, remain, and live as genuine Catholics!


Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:23 AM By Catholic Joe
The Laboure Society has a great, wonderful program to help religious young people awaiting to receive their orders. Many are saddled with school debt. Please go to labouresociety.org and consider helping tomorrow’s future which (thankfully) will be more orthodox and more devout.


Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:32 AM By MD
One other thing I have found with all of the young priests I have encountered is their orthodoxy and desire to remain faithful to the Magisterium. All the young priests I have encountered are men who promote the Sacraments, take prayer life seriously and acknowledge the Eucharist as the source and summit of our faith as they promote and participate in daily Eucharistic Adoration. Priests in love with the Eucharist will for sure foster more vocations and will change the life of our Church here in the US. Praise God for these men saying yes to the Lord. God Love You.


Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:45 AM By JLS
6% shows a vigorous and successful evangelism effort by the Catholic population … guess it’s that 54% Obama voters who drive such a dynamic Great Commission work of the Gospel that changes hearts of pagans.


Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 10:32 AM By JLS
Is that what I posted??? If so, my intended sarcasm failed me this a.m. Try try again. What I meant to convey is that a 6% figure for Catholic converts in the seminaries is rather a weak figure and shows a rather weak effort to evangelize the world. In St Paul’s time the corresponding figure would have been not 6% but 96% converts to the Church. The question remains as to why 94% of the seminarians are cradle Catholics and only 6% converted to Catholicism. Could this be due to the extraordinarily vapid devices being used now to carry on the nature of the Church, evidenced by the scandals of homosexuals, pedophiles, abortionists, anti-Catholic politicians all stemming from some involvement in Catholicism? Bishops, make yourselves holy as the Pope has commanded, and the whole picture will change to one that is good instead of one that barely clings to the edge of the precipice.


Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 10:39 AM By Elizabeth
Praise be to God !!!


Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 10:56 AM By Ray
Did the USCCB article indicate the total number of new Ordinands for the U.S.A.?


Posted Thursday, May 24, 2012 4:24 AM By Terence
Arrogant little Hiters some of them. I met one last year in eastern Europe. Discussing the abuse crisis in the Church. Well it wasn’t a discussion. He knew it all. On and on he went. Then gets hot under his doggie collar while I stroke my Fifi LaTrice and maintain a healthy blood pressure. “I KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT, I STUDIED THEOLOGY FOR SEVEN YEARS.” I said, “Well any true theologian would know that the more you think you learn, there is to learn – the more you truly realise you know nothing.” Then I punched his lights ou and fed his innards to Fifi. No I didn’t. But I gave him a look just as effective and walked away. Any of that crap from any of’ ’em and he can kiss this. The laity used to put them on pedestals. Now they are doing it themselves. Terry


Posted Thursday, May 24, 2012 7:56 AM By JLS
Terry, had you only tried to punch his lights out, he would have put you in hospital, where they’d have discovered you’ve got aids of the soul.


Posted Thursday, May 24, 2012 8:08 AM By k
Ray, 487 potential ordinands for 2012.


Posted Thursday, May 24, 2012 9:51 AM By Catherine
Terence, A day is coming where you will meet the true definition of an alter-Christus. You will know it because you will truly have all of the excessive drama humbled out of your very being. Since you are wise enough to admit that you really know nothing, please be prepared to recognize and receive Christ’s love.


Posted Thursday, May 24, 2012 10:11 AM By Nazeer Bhatti
Hi sir i am Nazeer Bhatti from Pakistan i request to you my two alider sons is abnormal can you same help for madicine i paryer thanksto juses always to lords pls help me


Posted Thursday, May 24, 2012 11:15 AM By Maryanne Leonard
Terence, why do I have the feeling that you are full of . . . well, just read your own disgusting post, look for the word you chose that describes human excrement in gutter terms, and then let us show you the mirror that reflects the right word for your fake post. I think it’s obvious the editor let another anti-Catholic troll through the guard gates, perhaps to get our goats again and let the posts start flying. Maybe the editors think normal Catholic posts are boring, and it is time to let in a poster who tells a seminarian “Any of that crap (your word) from any of ’em (too lazy to spell it out?) and he can kiss this.” Lovely. If this keeps up, I shall have to abandon posting on California Catholic Daily, as I do not want to be in the company of anyone who even thinks as vilely as you do, let alone use a Catholic website to splash his putrid innards all over the internet. CCD, what are we coming to here? So many of our threads have anti-Catholics vomiting on topics that would be of interest to us to discuss if we weren’t having to slosh through these cesspools to read what our fellow Catholics are thinking!


Posted Thursday, May 24, 2012 1:00 PM By New Observer
I haven’t seen the trending in other diocese’s in CA, but in mine, the typical newly ordained priests are no longer white. 4 in 5 are Vietnamese or Philipino. I think the church has problem not attracting young white males to the seminary.


Posted Thursday, May 24, 2012 6:19 PM By Kenneth M. Fisher
From what I have observed, the old liberal priests are scared to death of them and of what they stand for! God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher


Posted Thursday, May 24, 2012 6:25 PM By Kenneth M. Fisher
New Life, Why do you even care what race they are as long as they are holy? God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher


Posted Thursday, May 24, 2012 6:28 PM By Kenneth M. Fisher
Maryanne, I would rather that they vent their spleens here where there are true Catholics to challenge their inane comments than where most of the people don’t even know their own Faith. Hard to deal with yes, but we must do so. God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher


Posted Friday, May 25, 2012 12:00 AM By Maryanne Leonard
New Observer, 71% of newly ordained priests are white, according to this article. I’m glad that many members of my own racial group have been stepping up to serve as priests, but it’s equally thrilling to see the wonderful seminarians coming out of Africa, the truly dedicated men from the Philippines and all over Asia, and so many speakers of other languages who will be able to serve parishioners all over the world. Members of all races, the Lord God made them all. I have been impressed to watch EWTN and see faces of all races thrilled to worship at the Vatican and serve God in a variety of ways in their native lands, something we could only read about when I was a child. Watching EWTN gives us insights into the world of Catholicism, which truly has spread around the world, and for that I rejoice. The Church needs priests of all nations and races to serve her people faithfully and well.


Posted Friday, May 25, 2012 4:40 PM By bev
Unfortunately, there are a number of foreign priests who speak poor English. Even with special training in pronunciation during their seminary years, their homilies are hard to follow. Numbers should not count under those circumstances.