Priestly vocations

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Bearded former punk band guitarist Father Giulio Vannucci and former policeman Father Michele Di Stefano flank Bishop Giovanni Nerbini following their June 8, 2024, ordination to the Catholic priesthood.

Former punk band guitarist, policeman ordained to Catholic priesthood

Jun 12, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

The Cathedral of Prato, Italy, was the setting last Saturday for the ordination of a former punk band guitarist and... Read more

Mother of twin priests Eliete Dahan dos Santos says “there is no greater wealth than having priest sons.”

Mother of twin priests: The greatest wealth for parents is to have sons who are priests

May 21, 2024

By Natalia Zimbrão

“I believe there is no greater wealth for parents than having sons who are priests,” says Eliete Dahan dos Santos... Read more

The crowd in St. Peter's Square for the pope's Angelus address on Jan. 14, 2024.

The Catholic Church by the numbers: more Catholics but fewer vocations 

Apr 8, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

While vocations to the priesthood and religious life have decreased overall, the Church shows signs of growth in some parts... 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

St. Macartan's Cathedral in Monaghan, County Monaghan, Ireland.

Irish diocese to rely on laity to preside over funerals amid shortage of priests

Dec 19, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

A major vocation crisis could result in fewer than 10 active priests in the diocese in less than 20 years,... Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, and Bishop Earl Fernandes.

A cardinal, an archbishop, and a bishop reveal their vocation stories

Dec 17, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

During this year’s bishops’ conference in Baltimore, three prelates serving in different parts of the country shared their stories of... 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

Youth adore Christ in the Eucharist at the "Journey: Why did they come?" youth rally on St. Clements Island, Maryland, Sept. 30, 2023. The altar used during the rally was specially made by local craftsmen to be used for Masses on the island.

PHOTOS: Maryland youth rally commemorates the first English Mass in America

Oct 4, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

The event included Mass, sports, devotional talks, confessions, adoration, a concert, and even presentations by the Army and the local... 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

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

Father Alexis Oser.

After nine years without ordinations, Argentine diocese has a new priest. Here’s his story

May 14, 2023

By Julieta Villar

After nine years without priestly ordinations, the Diocese of Alto Valle de Río Negro in Argentina celebrated the ordination of... Read more

Pope Francis ordains 10 men to the priesthood in St. Peter’s Basilica on May 7, 2017.

Number of foreign-born Catholic priests in Italy continues to rise

Nov 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The total number of priests has falled by 11% in the last decade. Read more

Mass in the chapel of a seminary in Poznań, western Poland, Sept. 15, 2018.

Number of new Catholic seminarians in Poland falls by nearly 20% year on year

Oct 13, 2021

By CNA Staff

In 2021, 356 seminarians began their studies. Read more

The inner courtyard of Heiligenkreuz Abbey in the Vienna Woods, Austria.

Catholic archdiocese of Vienna sees rise in seminarians

Nov 19, 2020

The archdiocese of Vienna has reported a rise in the number of men training for the priesthood.   Read more

Pope Francis ordains a priest in St. Peter's Basilica, April 26, 2015.

Francis 'would be disappointed' by focus on priestly ordination of married men

Feb 13, 2020

The Archbishop of Armagh said Thursday that the pope's apostolic exhortation on the Amazon was foremost a call to preserve... Read more

Pastor of vibrant Arkansas parish named Bishop of Shreveport

Nov 19, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis Tuesday appointed Msgr. Francis Malone, pastor of an Arkansa parish known for having generated many priestly vocations, as... Read more

Newly ordained priests are vested during their Mass of Ordination in St. Peter's Basilica, April 26, 2015.

Former vicar general of Rome: Ordaining married men in Amazon a 'wrong choice'

Nov 5, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Camillo Ruini, who served as Vicar General of Rome for 17 years and was a close collaborator of St.... Read more

Pope Francis meets with participants of Serra International's 75th international convention in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, June 23, 2017.

Francis urges Serrans to 'keep moving forward' promoting vocations

Jun 23, 2017

Pope Francis offered encouragement Friday to members of Serra International, which promotes religious vocations, urging them to persevere in their... Read more

Pope Francis on retreat, March 4, 2017.

Pope Francis has some ideas on how to fix the priest shortage

Mar 8, 2017

In a newly-released interview Pope Francis discussed the shortage of vocations to the priesthood, saying the first response must be... Read more