Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Bishop Carlson: From 2 to more than 20 seminarians in 4 years

Bishop Robert J. Carlson of the Diocese of Saginaw was recently named to head up the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

An item at fills us in on some of Bishop Carlson's accomplishments during his brief tenure in Saginaw:

During his four years as bishop in Saginaw before being tapped to lead in Missouri, Carlson focused on vocations, Catholic schools, service to the poor, stewardship and evangelization. In his time at Saginaw, the number of seminarians considering a vocation to the priesthood rose from two to more than 20.

The Diocese of Saginaw has approximately 140,000 Catholics, so 20 seminarians would be the equivalent of 14.3 for every 100,000 Catholics.

By way of contrast, DOR currently has 1.7 seminarians for every 100,000 Catholics.

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