The number of new priests starting in 2006 have been released today by the Catholic Communications Office. It appears that there was a 36% growth in the market for priests starting off their journey to fatherhood. Sadly the statistics lie a little, or hide the truth at least. The numbers only grew by 7 fine lads. Last year 26 guys entered the priesthood compared with 19 in 2005.
This comes as a bit of a surprise when you see that numbers of people being ordained has fallen by half from 2001, where 39 brand new priests were unleashed to last year with only 19 new bible touting fellows.
Yes, I agree, it’s been a slow day for news about jobs in Ireland, maybe tomorrow I will just make up something more news worthy 😉 If anyone wants more statistics about the church in Ireland, you can look at page 33 of [this] EDIT: for some reason it is no longer possible to find the report on their website, sorry.