Rosary and Adoration linked to priestly Vocations

The typical member of the ordination class of 2011 is a 31-year cradle Catholic who prayed the Rosary and took part in Eucharistic adoration before entering seminary, according to a survey of 329 of the 480 men slated to be ordained to the priesthood in the United States this year. The survey was conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.

Among the survey’s findings:

  • the median age of ordinands is 31; the mean age, 34
  • for diocesan ordinands, the mean age is 30; for religious ordinands, it is 36
  • the typical diocesan ordinand has lived in his diocese for 15 years
  • 69% are white, 15% are Latino, 10% are Asian, and 5% are African-American
  • 33% were foreign born, with the typical foreign-born ordinand entering the US in 1998 at age 25; the most typical countries of origin were Colombia, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, and Vietnam
  • 52% of religious ordinands are foreign-born
  • 8% are converts, with the typical convert entering the Church at age 25
  • 60% had completed college before entering the seminary
  • 47% attended a Catholic elementary school, 39% attended a Catholic high school, and 39% attended a Catholic college; 4% were homeschooled
  • 34% have a relative who was a priest or religious
  • in 82% of cases, both parents were Catholic
  • 37% have four or more siblings; 16% have three siblings
  • 94% had a full-time job before entering the seminary
  • 8% served in the military, and 19% had a parent with a career in the military
  • 66% were encouraged by a parish priest to consider a vocation; 42% were encouraged by their mother, and 27% by their father
  • 52% were discouraged by a parent from considering a vocation; 20% were discouraged by a priest, and 8% were discouraged by a religious
  • ordinands typically first began to consider the priesthood at 16
  • 48% took part in a parish youth group, 30% participated in Boy Scouts, and 23% participated in the Knights of Columbus before entering the seminary
  • 21% attended World Youth Day, and 8% attended a Franciscan University of Steubenville high school youth conference
  • 71% served as altar servers, and 55% served as readers at Mass
  • 70% prayed the Rosary and 65% took part in Eucharistic adoration before entering the seminary
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