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Surge in the number of priests is welcomed
More students priests are entering the Seminary in Ireland than for a decade, research has shown. 38 are entering their training this September - the highest number since the 46 who entered training in 1999.
26 will study at Maynooth, 7 in Belfast, 2 in Rome and 1 in Valladolid, Spain. The student priests range in age from 18-45 years old.
Whilst the Catholic Church welcomes the rise in numbers, Fr Paddy Rushe, National Co-ordinator of Diocesan Vocation Directors knows that in is unlikely that vocations will ever rise to the numbers experienced in the 50s and 60s. For now, though, the church is celebrating its success this year.
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