The 2012 priesthood ordination class continues a six-year trend towards younger priests, according to a survey that indicates new priests come from larger families and are more likely to have attended Catholic schools and colleges.
Two-thirds of the men in this year’s ordination class are between the ages of 25 and 34. The men to be ordained, called “ordinands,” have an average age of 34.6 and a median age of 31.
Most ordinands have been Catholic since birth, though 6% are converts. Eighty-four percent had two Catholic parents, while 37% had a relative who is a priest or a religious. Nearly 70% of ordinands said they regularly prayed the Rosary, and 65% participated in Eucharistic...READ MORE