France: Statistics on the number of seminarians and ordinations

Source: FSSPX News

A press release from the Bishops’ Conference of France dated February 10, 2012 purports to be reassuring:  the number of college-level seminarians increased in 2011 as compared with 2010, as did also the number of diocesan priests ordained.  In 2011 there were 106 ordinations of diocesan priests, as opposed to 96 in 2010. – FYI, in 2000 there were 142, and 125 in 2001.

The number of college-level seminarians is 312 in 2011, as opposed to 302 in 2010.  But the number of seminarians studying theology is decreasing:  398 in 2011 as opposed to 430 in 2010.  In all, there are 710 diocesan seminarians in France, as opposed to 732 in 2010. – FYI, in 2000 there were 976 and in 2001:  927.

Of the 710 seminarians in 2011—which includes the dioceses in the French Overseas Territories, the Mission de France and the military ordinariate—9% are of foreign nationality, and 8% are members of the new communities such as the Emmanuel Community or the Neo-catechumenate.  The St. Martin Community, of pontifical right, had 60 seminarians in 2011, with 8 priestly ordinations at the end of the academic year.

As for the number of women religious in France, in the March 2 issue of L’Osservatore Romano Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, was anxious to correct an erroneous number that he had given in an interview granted to that same newspaper on February 2, when he declared that the number had been reduced by five-sixths in ten years.  In reality, the high-ranking prelate noted, in 2000 there were 48,000 French women religious as opposed to 28,000 in 2010.  – Nevertheless that is 20,000 less in 10 years. (Sources : CEF/Guide 2012/Apic/OR – DICI no. 251 dated March 9, 2012)

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