Priests hope Pope Benedict visit inspires vocation, by Gary Stern. Westchester Journal News March 11, 2008:
When Pope Benedict XVI addresses 20,000 youths at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y., and 60,000 people at Yankee Stadium next month, many priests will be crossing their fingers that the pontiff urges -- demands, even -- that young Catholic men consider a collar.
Like the Detroit area, the Archdiocese of New York is in serious need of new priests. Of the 176 Catholic dioceses in the U.S., the Archdiocese of New York ranks 170th in terms of the ratio of seminarians to the total Catholic population, according to a December study by Catholic World Report.
Detroit also ranked in the bottom 20 in the report, but unlike New York, will not be receiving a papal visit.
Right now the main seminary at St. Joseph's is preparing only 23 seminarians for possible ordination as diocesan priests over the next four years.
And not a single man is scheduled to enter the seminary program next fall.