More priestly vocations coming from Catholic homeschoolers: study

Apr 13, 2018 by

by Lisa Bourne, LifeSite:

Vocations to the Catholic priesthood are thriving in the greatest numbers among homeschooled students, a new study says.

Young American men who have been homeschooled are four times more likely to enter seminary than those educated by Catholic institutions, according to the findings.

Data from the 2017 survey performed by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University said that nearly one in 10 young men in formation for the priesthood in the U.S. was homeschooled.

While the number of homeschooled American Catholics is small compared with those in Catholic schools – currently 100,000 homeschooled students to two million in Catholic schools – the study said homeschool students delivered eight percent of the young men who are studying for the priesthood.

On average, the young men had spent seven years being homeschooled, the Catholic Herald reported, and 16 was the average age for discerning a vocation to the priesthood.

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