I found this nice story from the NY Daily News.
Pope Benedict’s visit proves a godsend for city seminary
BY ADAM NICHOLS
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Friday, April 25th 2008, 4:00 AM
A clergy-starved Archdiocese of New York was facing a crisis – until Pope Benedict arrived.
For the first time in 108 years, St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers was preparing for a year with no new students. [! How is that possible!?]
But, after the Holy Father’s whirlwind city tour, dozens have heard the call.
"It’s been like a tsunami, a good tsunami of interest," said the archdiocese’s vocations director, the Rev. Luke Sweeney.
"I’ve been meeting people all week and have a lot of e-mails I haven’t had the chance yet to respond to. It has been incredible."
Only 23 seminarians are expected to be ordained into the city’s priesthood during the next four years, following decades of decline in the ranks. [Unbelievable!]
In 40 years, the numbers of Catholic men of the cloth in the city has been cut in half, to only 648 – even as the number of Catholics has swelled to 2.5 million.
The city’s ratio of priests to congregation members is now among the worst in the country, according to a study carried out by the Catholic World Report.
And before the Pope’s visit, nobody had signed up for this year’s intake of trainees.
"We are facing a severe shortage," said Sweeney, the mastermind of a recently launched recruitment campaign that uses the slogans "The World Needs Heroes" and "You Have To Be a Real Man If You Want to Become a Priest."
"We were hoping the Pope would convince many who were considering the priesthood to make the next step. It looks like he did."
In only three days since the Pope left New York after a visit that included speaking to 25,000 young people on the seminary’s grounds, dozens of prospective priests have contacted Sweeney.
"One said he came, saw the crowd, heard what the Pope said and then called us," said Sweeney. "He said his questions and concerns were answered when he heard him speak."
There is no lack of vocations, people. There are defects in the way the call is being "broadcast" and then fostered.