Recruitment to Roman Catholic priesthood in Scotland hits 20-year high

Bishop John Keenan

Bishop John Keenan

The number of priestly ordinations in Scotland has hit a 20-year high, with 12 this year.

The last year with 12 Scottish ordinations was 1997 and Bishop John Keenan, President of Priests for Scotland, said: “It is great news to see the biggest number of ordinations to the priesthood for over two decades.

“On top of that there seems to be a general rise in the number of men approaching our vocations directors to apply for seminary.

“I want to thank our people who have been praying faithfully in their daily Rosary groups for vocations all these years and who now have the joy of seeing God answer their prayers.”

The bishop said Scotland’s vocation directors also deserved praise for ‘putting together new structures with fresh ideas, through social media and monthly get-togethers and the like, to help identify and accompany those who feel God calling them. We can see this good work beginning to pay off.’

He said the Church was hearing from ‘growing numbers of women with new interest in the religious life to provide for the many needs of the marginalised or excluded in our society.’

“What is becoming increasingly clear, I think for all of us, is that our country needs spiritual leaders to take over the reins from our political leaders in order to guide us out of a cultural decline that is now beyond the power of politics to solve,” Bishop Keenan said.

“There is a huge amount to be done to restore to Scotland the Christian strength whose absence lies at the heart of so many of our recent and most perplexing anxieties and there is a sense that God is raising up just such leaders for this task of our times.”

• Full story at the Scottish Catholic Observer.

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