Dave Luecking | St. Louis Review | October 20, 2016
Father Chris Martin barely had time to reflect on his new title as president of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocations Directors.
Just a week after his election at the group’s annual convention in Boston, he was off to Rome for the first-ever World Summit on Vocations, called by Pope Francis. Father Martin is among 200 vocations directors from around the world, including five others from the United States, to be invited to the three-day summit. The Holy Father is slated to address the group Oct. 21.
Essentially, the summit will address the state of vocations from a global standpoint, with the vocations directors providing statistics and information about programs in their regions.
Through the lens of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, which has students from the Archdiocese of St. Louis and other dioceses, vocations of future diocesan priests are doing well. Enrollment this year is 126, and has been in the 109-129 range over the past 10 years after a steep decline in the 40 years prior.
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