How does the new diversity affect Catholic seminaries?
In this article, which includes selected passages adapted by InTrust from the forthcoming Seminaries, Theologates, and the Future of Church Ministry: An Analysis of Trends and Transitions, Sister Katarina Schuth, O.S.F., discusses the students who now seek ordination, the ways they differ from those who became priests in earlier times, and their effect on the seminaries where they enroll. Roman Catholic seminaries have a distinctive character of their own, but they share with theological schools of other traditions some common experiences of their students and of the spiritual ferment of these times. In your school, what is the effect of students who come late to ministry? of students from widely different backgrounds? of recent converts who may have little knowledge of history or of their tradition? of students who lack analytical skills or who fear new ideas? What might this mean for your selection and formation processes?