Do you want to help the four seminarians introduced in this new video?

One of our readers wrote:

“The Ordinariates’ potential to ‘produce’ celibate vocations has been put into question on numerous occasions, with predictions going even so far as to the gradual fading of the Ordinariates as more and more elderly priests of the ‘first wave’ retire. … Now, this beautiful video presents three quite new seminarians (in addition to Evan Simington, whose story has already been much publicised by the North American Ordinariate).”

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2 Responses to Do you want to help the four seminarians introduced in this new video?

  1. Rev22:17 says:

    David,

    This is certainly encouraging news for the future of the ordinariate!

    The normal Catholic process of seminary formation takes about five (5) years, consisting of four years actually spent at the seminary and one year in a parish for some sort of ministerial practicum. Thus, five seminarians indicates an average rate of ordination of one presbyter per year. If each newly ordained presbyter serves 40-50 years in active ministry, this points toward a stable clergy of 40-50 presbyters going forward — about enough to serve the present communities of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

    Several factors indicate that this estimate is the floor — that is, the minimum of likely scenarios.

    >> 1. For most of the past five years, the ordinariate and nearly all of its communities have been in formative stages, where basic formational and organizational issues were much more pressing than discerning vocations within the ordinariate communities, and some of its communities probably are still at that stage. As the communities become stable, they will be able to focus to a greater extent on discernment and promotion of vocations within their ranks.

    >> 2. One of Bishop Lopes’s most recent initiatives was to reorganize the ordinariate’s vocation team to promote vocations more effectively, putting members of the vocation team closer to each of the ordinariate’s major communities. This initiative also will facilitate the promotion of vocations considerably.

    >> 3. And the ordinariate is still receiving new communities, and many of its communities are growing through reception of new members. The greater numbers also should result in an increase of vocations.

    All of this translates to a likely increase in the numbers of vocations in the future.

    That said, it is absolutely essential for the ordinariate to nurture and to develop a true commitment of faith in its young people. Authentic Christian vocations — whether to ordained ministry or to religious life or to marriage and the nurture of a family — grow out of an authentic commitment of faith manifest in a personal relationship with our risen Lord. Those who lack such a commitment will not respond to our Lord’s call, no matter to what vocation our Lord is calling, with the inevitable consequence that vocations to the clergy and to religious life will suffer. Fortunately, most of the people who came into the full communion of the Catholic Church to form each of the ordinariates have that commitment of faith. The challenge is simply to instill that same commitment of faith in the next generation.

    Norm.

  2. EPMS says:

    These vocations did not emerge from Ordinariate communities, although Mr Alejandro was a parishioner of OLA, San Antonio. Mr McCain and Mr Davis were attending diocesan seminaries before discerning a desire to serve in the OCSP and Mr Simington’s story is well known to us. However it is a hopeful sign that men who could serve anywhere have chosen the Ordinariate. As was noted above, there has been some concern about who will replace the current crop of self-supporting former Anglican clergy. Clearly these men believe that OCSP communities will be able to undertake the provision of housing and stipends, going forward.

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