Philadelphia, Pa., Aug 28, 2017 / 23:04 pm
The number of seminarians at Philadelphia's St. Charles Borromeo Seminary is on the rise, and rector Bishop Timothy Senior says Pope Francis' visit has been a positive influence on the seminarians.
"With 167 seminarians, we're very excited and not only just the numbers but just extraordinary young men, candidates that really reflect the rich diversity of our region," Bishop Senior told CBS Philly.
There are 43 new seminarians at St. Charles Borromeo this year, 11 of whom are enrolled for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
The enrollment is seminary's largest since 2004. The bishop credited Pope Francis' 2015 visit for influencing some of the seminary candidates. The Pope stayed at the seminary campus during his visit.