There has been a sharp rise in the number of young men training to become Catholic priests, reports the ABC.
In the past five years, seminary enrolments in Australia have risen from about 235 a year in 2007 to 350 in 2012.
Queensland rector Monsignor Tony Randazzo says his seminary is busier than it has been for two decades.
"It's indicative that young people are coming forward enthusiastically to give themselves for a life in service in the church," he said.
"Young people have embraced the gospel in a new kind of way."
While Benedict XVI's tenure as Pope was beset by sexual abuse scandals, the issue does not seem to have done anything to stop men from devoting their lives to the church.
"They have a really solid conviction, have a really solid conviction that they need to be in the world, proclaiming the good news," Monsignor Randazzo said.
Priest in training Tom Zaranski says while his faith in recent months has been tested, joining the priesthood was the best decision of his life.
"I think there's an amazing energy in the church," he said. "It is a very positive place to be and we've got great news to tell people."
FULL STORY Priesthood enrolments numbers on the up (ABC)