- May 13, 2021
The rector of a seminary in Denver, Colorado cautions against generalizing about the Millennial generation. He is optimistic about them and their spiritual inclinations.
Seminary enrollment started to surge in 2012, and has more than doubled in the past five years — and counter-intuitively, most of the growth is coming among Millennials.
“The Gift of the Priestly Vocation,” released by the Congregation for Clergy in December 2016, says that seminarians should dedicate time to physical exercise and sports to “attain the solid physical, psycho-affective and social maturity required of a pastor.”
In a new document on the priesthood, the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy has reiterated that men with “deeply rooted homosexual tendencies” shouldn’t be admitted to Catholic seminaries and, therefore, shouldn’t become Catholic priests. Much more is also found in the new document.
Father Mark Ivany, director of spiritual formation at a seminary Washington, said it makes a big difference when seminarians feel their parents’ support. But he also says “the Lord is never outdone,” so a call can still be followed without a parent’s enthusiasm, but it might be more of a challenge.