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Modest rise in entries to seminaries

15 May 2014 | by Liz Dodd | Comments: 0

NEW FIGURES have revealed a modest rise in the number of vocations to priesthood and religious life in England and Wales. Nearly 100 men and women entered convents, seminaries and religious houses across England and Wales in 2013, according to ­statistics released to coincide with Vocations Sunday. Last year saw 44 new seminarians while 22 men and 30 women entered religious life. The number of ordinations to the priesthood also increased, with 39 new priests in 2013, eight more than the previous year.This year’s crop of candidates is almost twice that of 2001, when vocations hit a historic low, although it is still less than in the 1980s. The number of men entering the seminary was as high as 160 in 1985. The years 2010 and 2011 saw 56 and 46 new seminarians respectively. But wh ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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