Feb 7, 2014

Springfield Diocese ranked in top 20 for ordinations


Staff report

(Iobserve file photo by Rebecca Drake)

SPRINGFIELD – Father Gary M. Dailey, vocations director for the Springfield Diocese, cites one major reason for the impressive number of priesthood ordinations during the last four years.

“The fervent prayers of so many throughout the diocese, especially those adoring in our Adoration for Vocations Chapel in Ludlow, have proven successful as the Diocese of Springfield made the Top 10 list in the CARA report for the number of ordinations in the last four years in relation to the number of Catholics in the diocese,” Father Dailey told iobserve.

The rankings were the result of a recent study by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University. According to CARA’s research blog:

“Following the procedure originally devised by the late Fr. John Klein of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and using data from The Official Catholic Directory, from time to time CARA has reviewed the proportion of ordinations to the diocesan priesthood relative to the latest Catholic population figures for each diocese. Only Latin-rite dioceses that have had at least five ordinations during the reporting period are included.”

The Springfield Diocese was ranked 17th in a list of the “Top 20 Dioceses by Ordinand-to-Catholic Ratio” and ninth in the list of “Top 21 Dioceses by Total Ordinations Over Three Years.”

Father Dailey said his message to all those who pray for vocations in the diocese is: “Job well done. Thank you to all and keep praying for vocations. It's working.”    

The next two seminarians scheduled for ordination are Deacons Frank Lawlor and Christopher Fedoryshyn, pictured above during their ordination to the transitional diaconate in November 2013. Their priesthood ordination date is Saturday, June 7. All are welcome to attend the liturgy at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield.