A group of 10 men in one southern German community, mostly between the ages of 30 and 50, are giving up their careers and physical trappings to become priests, said a Reuters report on the Yahoo7 News website.
In the diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart, a lawyer, doctor, manager, and teacher are among the latest group of men to swap white collar jobs for the clerical collar, beefing up the dwindling number of Catholic priests in Germany.
"I used to be an ordinary churchgoer, but suddenly my love for God snowballed into what became a powerful avalanche," said Andreas Braun, 31. He quit his manager job to start training as a priest in Rottenburg, Braun told Bild newspaper on Tuesday.
Another career-switcher, 44-year-old Uwe Stier, said he grew tired of his job as a lawyer because he had to deal with divorces where families were falling apart in battles over money and children. He would rather work to keep families together.
"As a priest, I want to help people save their marriages," Stier told the newspaper.
In giving up their former lifestyles for the Church, the 10 unmarried men are bucking a trend in western popular culture which characterises middle age as a crisis period, prompting rash decisions and impulse buys.
Some Germans going from profession to confession (Yahoo 7 News/Reuters)