Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris has 12 priests ordained this Saturday, June 30
The largest contingent of "ordained", 12 men aged 28 to 47 years, advanced to the priesthood
Saturday morning at Notre Dame de Paris, during a solemn Mass celebrated by Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris.
Ten of these were ordained for the Diocese of Paris, two for
religious congregations (Augustinians of the Assumption and Foreign Missions
Nearly 600 priests attended the ceremony, broadcast on giant screens
on the cathedral square, where 2,000 seats were fitted.
In addition to the 96 ordinations of diocesan priests, including five of the community
Emmanuel, fifty religious pronounce final vows in
As part of congregations or societies of priests. There are three particularly Dominicans,
three Franciscans, two Assumptionists.
Moreover, 76 seminarians become priests in 2013, will also
ordained deacons to the priesthood, now committing to celibacy and
being "incardinated" (attached) to their diocese.
Despite the presence of some 1,500 priests from abroad, the crisis of
vocations is "blatant," said Monsignor Podvin, including putting into question the lack
transmission of religious families.
The median age of about 15,000 priests "incardinated" is more than 75 years,
according Podvin Bishop, "there are now eight deaths for ordination."
Ordinations of diocesan priests, taking place mainly in June
in France, are estimated at 96 in 2012 by the Conference of Bishops of France,
down from 112 recorded ordinations a year ago.