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New priests, younger, influenced by Parish Priests, Catholic Education, service as Altar Boys, Social Church Environment

National Catholic News

April 26, 2011


Half between 25 and 34 years of age
Seventy-one percent were altar servers
Sixty-seven percent attended Catholic college


WASHINGTON - The average age of men ordained to the priesthood in 2011 is trending younger with the average age for the 2011 class at 34, with more than half between the ages of 25 and 34. This is slightly younger than in 2010, and follows the trend over the past five years of ordinands becoming younger.

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