Dr. Timothy Muldoon is an award-winning author and Catholic theologian. He is a researcher in Catholic higher education in the Division of University Mission and Ministry at Boston College, and a frequent lecturer, speaker, and retreat leader in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is also a contributing writer here at Patheos. He writes with some very heartening news as Boston College and CARA release a newly-commissioned study on College Experience and the Priesthood. For further information on this study you can contact Muldoon at firstname.lastname@example.org 617-552-8258.-
Today Boston College has released the results of a report on the influence that college experiences had on young men in the United States who decided to begin studying for the priesthood. That report highlights a number of interesting points:
• Some 350,000 never-married men have “seriously” considered priesthood
• A large number of those who entered the seminary had at least three people encourage them to do so.
• Most seminarians or new priests have had some experience in a Catholic college (compared to only 7% of the Catholic population who attend a Catholic college).
The report speaks for itself, so I will not repeat all its findings here. It will be of particular interest to bishops, vocation directors, Catholic college presidents, and directors of Catholic campus ministries. What I wish to highlight here is a specific point that emerges from the report: namely, the question of the extent to which campuses promote a culture of vocations.
Do go read the rest here.