Saturday, October 31, 2009

Crazy Diocese

St Mary of the Lake Seminary ordained an average of 36 priests a year for the first 60 years of its existence (1927-1987) -- all for Chicago. The last few years averaged 12, and almost none were born in the United States. Many of the parish priests in Chicago today are from Poland, Africa, Mexico, South and Central America (not a bad thing) but many are not fluent in English which makes for some problems of communication especially in homilies. What is crazy is that Chicago is letting some of its priests join the neighboring diocese of Joliet. One especially sad loss was a vibrant, charismatic priest who had led one of the most dynamic parishes in the diocese. He had been assigned to a retirement village as chaplain so he joined Joliet as a parish assistant.

Romeo Marty

1 comment:

  1. The Archdiocese lacks a viable business plan. Personnel and human relations are standard elements in such a plan. In the 1960's a seminary study produced a formal report. The report called for a seminary that would be "urban, ecumenical, and university centered". If the recommendation had been implemented, we might be better off today. Does anyone else remember that study? Nestor