A local ordination
The Catholic Courier is reporting on the upcoming ordination of Brian Carpenter who is expected to be ordained a priest at Sacred Heart Cathedral on June 6.
Deacon Carpenter is hoping for a big turnout. According to the story,
He hopes that many people he's never met will consider joining him, his family and his friends at the cathedral on June 6, stressing that the day's emphasis should be not on him but celebrating the priesthood -- especially for the sake of others in attendance who might be considering a religious vocation.
"The way that ordination looks speaks a lot about it," he stated. "I want a full cathedral -- I want people hanging from the rafters."
A big celebration certainly would not be out of place, especially since it will be the last such celebration until at least 2012. Yes, DOR will not be ordaining anyone in 2010 and the same will be true in 2011.
Could it be possible that the Holy Spirit did not send us any vocations that would come to full fruition in those years, or might something else be going on?
The national picture
Nationally, the Catholic Church expects to ordain 465 men this year. A CARA survey commissioned by the USCCB indicates that approximately 360 of them will become diocesan priests with the remainder serving in various religious orders.
The CARA report goes on to say that
About one in six diocesan ordinands (17 percent) report that they lived in the diocese or eparchy for which they will be ordained less than a year before they entered the seminary. In fact, 8 percent reported they did not live in the diocese or eparchy at all before they entered the seminary. Another 84 ordinands (27 percent) did not answer the question about how long they lived in the diocese or eparchy before entering the seminary.
In other words, each of about 61 men who responded to God's call to the priesthood decided that his home diocese was not, for some reason, a suitable place to say yes to that call.
One can only wonder what sorts of conditions or situations could lead a man to make this kind of decision.
Finally, one can also only wonder how many of these men might have originally been from the Diocese of Rochester.
Update: In the comments below CathMom reports that 3 of her SJFC classmates who were judged too conservative for the priesthood by the Diocese of Rochester have now been ordained priests in other dioceses.
Another reader reports that both Fr. William Lawrence of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter and Fr. Greg Reichlen of the Diocese of Scranton are former DOR residents. Both attended the UofR.
And Dr. K. provides us with this snippet from a late 2008 St. Stainslaus Church bulletin:
So thus far we know of 5 men who have left DOR to be ordained elsewhere.
Does anyone else out there know of any others?