Between four and six men will be ordained to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Sydney in June, the largest number since 1988. The rise is being partly attributed to the influence of World Youth day 2008.
"While Australia has been battling against a shortage of priests since the late 1980s, it now looks as if interest in the priesthood and men seeking priestly vocations is once more on the rise," the archdiocese is quoted saying by the Catholic News Agency
In February, 10 men were accepted as candidates for the priesthood by the Seminary of the Good Shepherd, and they have since begun their first year of study.
"There is no doubt there has been an upsurge in interest in a priestly vocation," said seminary rector Father Anthony Percy.
Fr. Percy attributed the trend to World Youth Day 2008 but also to past World Youth Day Events and to the Year for Priests, proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI in June 2009.
Two years after World Youth Day, Sydney sees upsurge in vocations and ordinations