I’ve been writing with friends about vocation numbers.
From one of my interlocutors today:
“The past few weeks have again seen a number of ordinations of new deacons and priests in the dioceses of northwestern Europe. 24 of them, in 13 (arch)dioceses, to be exact. In total, the area in question (the countries of Germany, the Netherlands, the Flemish part of Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland) is covered by 46 dioceses or similar circumscriptions, which means that 33 of them had no deacons (permanent or transitional) or priests to ordain on or around Vocations Sunday. Of the newly ordained, 6 are permanent deacons, 14 are transitional deacons and 4 are priests.”
And in the Eternal City:
The Holy Father ordained as priests four men from Rome’s Major Seminary: three born in Rome, and one from Bologna, ages 26 to 29. Two from the Neo-Catechumenal Way: a 28-year old Italian and a 38-year-old from Mexico. The other four were: a member of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy (Italian, age 38); a member of the Family of Disciples (Peruvian, age 34); a man for the apostolic prefecture of Azerbaijan (apparently a native of that country, age 35); and a 28-year-old Italian for the diocese of Nocera.