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Survey: New priests are young and involved in their community 

Apr 16, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

The survey found that half of the graduating 2024 seminarians, “ordinands,” will be ordained at 31 years or younger —... Read more

Seminarians chat as they walk along the promenade in front of Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Starting in the fall semester of 2024, first-year seminarians at Sacred Heart and seminaries across the country will undertake a "propaedeutic" year focused on personal, spiritual, and relationship growth, limiting the use of technology while spending more time in prayer and communion with others.

First-year seminarians will unplug from technology starting in fall at Detroit seminary

Apr 14, 2024

By Daniel Meloy

Starting in the fall, seminarians at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit are going to have more prayer time and... Read more

Father Ryan Stawaisz.

New film tells inspiring story of young priest who left a lasting impact

Apr 6, 2024

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

“Love God’s Will” tells the inspiring story of Father Ryan Stawaisz, a young priest from Texas who touched the hearts... Read more

Edoardo Santini.

Italy’s ‘most handsome man’ leaves modeling career to become a priest

Edoardo Santini, considered “the most handsome man in Italy,” has decided to leave his promising career as a model and... Read more

Father Peter Adamski.

How a tragic loss led a successful businessman to the priesthood

Nov 9, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

After losing his wife of 40 years, Father Peter Adamski pursued a calling to the priesthood that he had experienced... Read more

A group of men studying to become priests at St. Michael's Abbey in California.

California’s new abbey is inspiring young men to join the priesthood 

Aug 21, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

St. Michael’s Abbey outside of Los Angeles is a new home to the Norbertines, an order seeing quick growth in... Read more

Pope Francis sits in front of an image of Blessed Giuseppe "Don Pino" Puglisi during a meeting with young people in the Archdiocese of Palermo, on the Italian island region Sicily, on Sept. 15, 2018.

‘All the way in love’: Pope Francis praises example of Mafia-slain priest

Aug 20, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis published a letter to mark the 30th anniversary of the martyrdom of Blessed Giuseppe “Don Pino” Puglisi. Read more


Some U.S. seminaries report surge in enrollments even as nationwide numbers remain flat

Aug 12, 2023

By Daniel Payne

What’s driving localized spikes in seminarian enrollment, and can it be replicated elsewhere? Read more

St. John Vianney.

Why St. John Vianney is a model for all priests

Aug 4, 2023

By CNA Staff

The patron saint of priests, St. John Vianney, died Aug. 4, 1859. A century later, Pope John XXIII reflected on... Read more

At World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Nelson Cintra (at left in top row) was changed by Christ — and now he will go to Lisbon as a new priest for World Youth Day 2023, Aug. 1–6.

‘Give your life to Jesus’: How a World Youth Day put a young man on the path to priesthood

Jul 25, 2023

By Lori Hadacek Chaplin

At World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Nelson Cintra knelt and prayed: “Christ, I give you my whole life.” Read more

Members of "Priests in Concert" perform to raise money for youth to attend World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Group of priests start band to raise money to send youth to World Youth Day 2023

Jul 16, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

“Priests in Concert” is composed of nine priests from the Archdiocese of Washington. Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah offers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for his 50th anniversary of priesthood in 2019.

Cardinal Sarah: No synod can invent a ‘female priesthood’

Jul 5, 2023

By Ana Paula Morales

Sarah, prefect emeritus of the Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, spoke July 3 at a... Read more


Gas shortage in Cuba: Priest needs electric bicycle to offer Mass in distant parishes

May 9, 2023

By Walter Sánchez Silva

Father Kenny Fernández Delgado, a priest of the Archdiocese of Havana, shared a series of tweets about his difficulties reaching... Read more

Father Luis Enrique Guillén.

Costa Rican priest shares his journey from intelligence agent to the Catholic priesthood

Feb 1, 2023

By CNA Staff

“I can openly say that nothing I gained before compares to what God has given me in this ministry,” said... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Gyumri, Armenia, June 25, 2016.

Pope Francis compares the life of a priest to the mysteries of the rosary

Dec 10, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis told seminarians on Saturday that praying the rosary can “unveil the mysteries of the priesthood” in its moments... Read more

Pope Francis speaking to seminarians at the Vatican, Oct. 26, 2022

Pope Francis warns seminarians that the vice of pornography ‘weakens the soul’

Oct 26, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis warned seminarians this week about how the vice of digital pornography “weakens the priestly heart.” Read more


Major survey of Catholic priests finds trust issues, burnout, fear of false allegations

Oct 19, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The study claims to be the largest national survey of Catholic priests conducted in more than 50 years. Read more


Soccer manager turned priest shares message of peace ahead of World Cup playoffs

Oct 7, 2022

By CNA Staff

Father David Jasso appealed to players and fans to remember “that sports and soccer are also a gift from God.” Read more

Cardinal Lazarus You Heung-sik

New cardinal and clergy chief: ‘My role is to encourage priests’

Aug 31, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

A new cardinal and the Vatican’s prefect of the Dicastery for the Clergy said his role is to encourage priests... Read more

A Mass of priestly ordination in St. Peter's Basilica, May 7, 2017.

What is a Catholic priest? A new documentary asks the question.

Jun 24, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

A new documentary about the Catholic priesthood asks priests what kind of life they are supposed to live as they... Read more