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Number of seminarians in UK reaches 20-year high

Reporter - Wed, Mar 7th 2012

Ordination as Presbyters at Westminster Cathedral, London

The number of men training for the priesthood in England and Wales is at its highest level for nearly two decades, according to figures from the bishops' conference.

There are now more than 200 seminarians preparing to serve in English and Welsh dioceses - the first time this figure has been reached since 1994.

One hundred and eighty-five of these are in formation for the secular priesthood, with the rest belonging to religious orders. There has also been a rise in ordinations, with 35 priests due to be ordained this year, according to the Bishops' Conference - up from 20 in 2011. This figure is expected to rise to 38 in 2013.

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