The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg has announced that Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades has accepted 15 men as candidates for seminary study to prepare for the priesthood.
In addition, a record 100 men will attend the annual Quo Vadis Days, which is a time for men considering the priesthood.
Currently, the diocese has 10 men in priestly formation. "Twenty-five total is a high and excellent number for us and 15 men in one year is extraordinary, said the Rev. Raymond LaVoie, diocesan director of vocations, in a news release. .
LaVoie attributed the increase in candidates is a "culture that supports and nourishes that idea."
The men, who range in age from late teens to early 20s, include a civil engineer, a technical assistant and ones who are experienced in music, football, wrestling and track.
The third annual Quo Vadis Days - a time of prayer, discussion and fellowship for men ages 15-25 - will be held July 8-12 at Mount St. Mary's University and Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md.
Participants will spent time with peers, seminarians and priests in a week that includes prayer, presentations, discussion, recreation and a Mass celebrated by Rhoades.
In addition, the bishop made a presentation on vocations at a national assembly of U.S. Catholic Bishops this month in New Mexico.
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