Archdiocese dealing with shortage of priests

By Regina Russo bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis Schnurr held his first press conference at the Anthenaum Mount St. Mary's seminary because he says it's an important place.

"I want to make clear in my opinion, the seminary really at core of what we want to achieve. It's here where priests are formed and educated," said Rev. Schnurr.

Fr. Kyle Schnippel, vocations director of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, says priest shortages don't exist in every diocese.

"Where there is a strong charismatic bishop vocations flourish," he said.

And the prayer is it will happen here.

Fr. Schnippel says in the perfect world the seminary here would have 150 men there, but in there is only 29.

That could be changing, thanks to dinners the Archbishop hosts for priests and pastors that bring along interested young men.

"To hear about vocations and priesthood we had four in the fall and had 120 young men," said Schnippel.

Could the numbers be higher if less men were worried about the challenges the Catholic church has faced during the last decade?

"I think that has more impact with parents than with men themselves," said Schnippel.

Archbishop Schnurr no stranger to this situation. He dealt with it in Minnesota.

"He said he confronted with that in Duluth where parents adamantly refused to let sons on in the seminary," said Schnippel.

But after speaking with parents about changes that have been made starting in the seminary, parents came around.

"Archbishop Schnurr (is) strong on this, God created son, as a vocation it will lead to fulfillment and happiness and who could love your son, more than God," said Schnippel.

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