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Diocese of Richmond sees increase in young priests

Monday - 10/21/2013, 8:40am  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Twenty-two seminarians are preparing to become priests in the Diocese of Richmond.

Diocese officials say it's largest contingent in decades. In 1997, only three candidates were in training to become priests.

The Rev. Michael Boehling oversees clerical vocations for the diocese. He tells The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1awLi5E ) that the increase is a promising sign for the future.

He says today's seminarians are younger, better educated and more devoted to traditional church teachings than many of their predecessors.

Boehling says they also seem more committed to doctrinal orthodoxy, combating abortion and defending traditional marriage. Priests ordained in the 1960s tended to be drawn to issues of war and peace and social justice.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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