Vocation Ministry, founded in 2015, spent countless hours producing this study in hopes of achieving a better understanding of the current state of vocations to the priesthood in the Catholic Church. The number of priests, ordinations, and seminarians is shrinking nationwide; so, we set out to explore the answer to the question everyone asks, “Why aren’t there more priests?”
This report is an attempt to address the vocational health of the Church in America. By exploring what trends rise to the surface as pivotal factors in vocation promotion, we made note of places where the Church is seeing success and identified areas that need to re-evaluation. Our hope is that this information will guide bishops, priests, and laity in finding a path forward in creating fertile soil for vocations.