France shows a spike in priestly ordinations for 2019

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France shows a spike in priestly ordinations for 2019

By Arnaud Bevilacqua and Gauthier Vailla/ la-croix.com

According to recent research by La Croix, 125 men will be ordained priests in the Church of France this year, 2019. 82 of these are diocesan priests, while the other 45 are from religious congregations or other communities.

It marks an increase over last year, according to figures obtained by La Croix. In 2018, the number was 114, marking an annual rise of nearly 10 per cent.

Four of the newcomers are followers of the Neocatechumenal Way and three of them are from the Emmanuel Community.

The Diocese of Versailles alone has nine ordinations, while four new priests will be ordained for the Diocese of Creteil. The Dioceses of Fréjus-Toulon and Bayonne and the Archdiocese of Besançon are each ordaining three men this year.

The Archdiocese of Paris also has five ordinations, including two from the Emmanuel Community. But the numbers there continue to fall. Paris ordained 10 priests in 2017 and only six last year.

Some dioceses that have not experienced ordinations for some time, including Belfort-Montbéliard and Nancy, each ordained two men this year. Saint-Dié and Sées dioceses each ordained one new priest in 2019.

A total of 56 French dioceses ordained new priests this year. That's down from 58 last year.

Several archdioceses -- including Bordeaux, Rennes, Toulouse and Marseille -- did not ordain anyone this year. It is the second year in a row that Marseille has not had an ordination.

DIOCESAN ORDINATIONS STAGNATE, RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES RISE

The number of diocesan priests is the same as last year. The rise in ordinations is borne by the congregations and religious communities.

The Community of St Martin is still way ahead with new ordinations. The trend is expected to continue next year when 11 deacons will be ordained for the priesthood on June 28.

Traditionalist communities whose priests celebrate Mass in Latin in the "extraordinary form of the Roman rite" experienced a slight downturn.

The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter ordained four new priests, while the Good Shepherd Institute and the Institute of Christ the King each ordained one.

As for the Jesuits, there are to be four ordinations, two coming in November. The Dominicans will have four, the Carmelites three and the Community of St. John two. This reinforces the contribution of the religious orders.

There is less dynamism among the Sons of Charity or the Lateran Canons.

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 10:33
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