It hasn’t always been easy to get local numbers and growth rates for seminarians in formation for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, as the powers that be at Mount St. Mary of the West generally release aggregate figures that include men from other dioceses who study here. Fr. David Endres, Dean of Academics at MSMW, breaks it down for us in his latest Q&A column for the Catholic Telegraph of Cincinnati:
Throughout the country, the number of men studying for the diocesan priesthood in graduate-level seminaries such as Mount St. Mary’s/The Athenaeum of Ohio is around 2,800. Before the recent increases in seminarians during the last five years, one would have to go back to 1980 to find a similar number of men studying for priesthood.
Locally, the increase in vocations has accompanied the prayer for vocations that Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr first introduced in 2011. Begging the Lord, the “harvest master,” has resulted in more laborers for the vineyard. Since beginning the diocese-wide prayer effort, the number of seminarians for the archdiocese has increased from 33 to 51.