WASHINGTON — A new study of the priests who will be ordained this year in the U.S. shows they tend to come from large families and were active in their parish life before entering seminary.
The median age of the 2013 ordination class is 32, a slight increase from last year. The youngest to be ordained is 23, while the oldest is 69.
Almost 10% of those to be ordained, called “ordinands,” are converts. Eighty percent of survey respondents said both their parents are Catholic, and more than one-third have a...READ MORE