ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Good, but not good enough. That’s the take from the St. Louis Archdiocese over the number of new priests being ordained here.

The Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese is seeing a big increase in Catholic ordinations. Here in St. Louis, Archdiocesan vocations director Father Chris Martin says there’s a slow uptick in the numbers.

“We’re averaging, over the past decade, about five ordinations per year,” Martin said. “Nationally speaking, that’s not bad if you compare the Archdiocese of St. Louis to the rest of the country.”

But, there’s one problem.

“If we continue to ordain just five of them per year for the next ten years, we’re going to have a net decrease of almost a hundred priests in the Archdiocese.”

Father Martin says he’s working with Archbishop Carlson on unveiling a strategic plan in October for fostering more vocations. On the positive side, Father Martin says they’re seeing many more mid-career choices to enter the priesthood.


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