Magazine article Momentum

Experiences of Priests Ordained Five to Nine Years

Magazine article Momentum

Experiences of Priests Ordained Five to Nine Years

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New from the NCEA Bookshelf

Dean R. Hoge

Experiences of Priests Ordained Five to Nine Years" follows a prior study of priests ordained one to five years. This version takes a look at the critical years of a priesf s life and offers insights into how priests feel about their seminary training and ongoing formation.

Not surprisingly, the average age of priests ordained in the previous five to nine years rose by six years. Priests are more racially diverse than in the past. Although men of Irish and German backgrounds still predominate, their numbers are shrinking. Increasing numbers come from Vietnam, Portugal and Brazil. The survey reveals that 17 percent of diocesan priests and 25 percent of religious order priest in the United States are foreign born.

Priests rated their satisfaction with seminary coursework high for traditional courses, but only moderately high for areas such as pastoral counseling and Catholic social teaching and low for church administration.

Two models of priesthood are discussed in the book-the cultic model and the servant-leader model. …

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