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More answered prayers – vocations spike in Diocese August 29, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, Eucharist, General Catholic, North Deanery, priests.
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I alluded earlier that focus on praying for an end to abortion could have been a cause for the disproportionate shuttering of Planned Barrenhood facillities in the Dallas Diocese  – could similar prayers have helped drive the spike in vocations? 19 new men are entering the seminary for the Diocese this year!

The Diocese of Dallas has a record number of 19 new seminarians, Bishop Kevin Farrell announced recently.

“Indeed the Holy Spirit has been working through parents, priests and our vocations staff to bring about this blessing for our diocese. The prayers of many have been answered,” the Bishop of Dallas said on his blog Aug. 19.

The number is an increase from last year, when 11 men entered seminary. Fifteen of the new seminarians come from the Diocese of Dallas.

“It is great to have some good news to report these days and a record number of 19 new seminarians is certainly good news,” Bishop Farrell said.

There are now 70 seminarians studying for the diocese, an increase from 56 in 2010.

Twelve of the new aspirants to the priesthood will attend Holy Trinity Seminary, two will go to St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston and two will attend Assumption Seminary in San Antonio.

There are 67 parishes in the Diocese.  Many have priests that are getting quite close to retirement age.  Every priest is a miraculous blessing, but to have these numbers at this time is incredible, and apparent fruit of Bishop Farrell’s focus on increasing vocations to the priesthood.  I pray all these men are ordained, and become very good, holy, orthodox priests.  Such men are the vehicle for so much Grace, the Grace that sustains all of us.  Pray for them!

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