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Newly ordained U.S. priests older, more raciall?/: , ' diverse than in80s By Jerry Filteau CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON -- The 1998 class of ewly ordained priests in the United tales is older and more racially and eth- nically diverse than the classes of newly June 6, Pag6" Vatican announces special dates for celebrating Holy Year By Cindy Wooden CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE VATICAN CITY- No matter how or old, no matter what their voca- tion or profession, almost every Catholic will find a date set aside for him or her on the Vatican's Holy Year 2000 calendar. Special events for children and for se- nior citizens have been added to the Vatican's traditional international youth and family gatherings. And while Pope John Paul II customar- ily focuses on workers on one of St.Joseph's Ordained priests were in the 1980s, ac- feast days, in the year 2000 the Vatican will .Cording to a new national study released sponsor separate events for artisans, agri- tn May. - cultural workers and journalists. Even the Only 26 percent of the newly or- Roman Curia will have its own jubilee day. Chined were under 30 years of age and Catholics who are sick or in prison or 34 percent were in the 30-34 age are living in strange lands also will receive bracket, leaving 40 percent ages 35 or special attention with a day set aside for higher, them during the jubilee year. 3- The fact that nearly three-fourths were Here are highlights from the Vatican's 0 0r older indicated most were enter- year 2000 calendar, published May 26: mg the priesthood as a second career or Q Dec. 24, 1997: opening of the Holy Door at least wi th "th a few years of expenence in in St. Peter s Basilica. e Working world. El Dec. 31, 1990: prayer vigil for the pas- ORe notable increase was in the num- sage to the year 2000. her of Hispanics being ordained -- 12 Q Jan. 18: ecumenical service for the Week Visitors to the Vatican look over the exterior of the Holy Door at the Vatican. The first event of the Vatican's celebration of the year 2000 will be the opening of the Holy Door by Pope John Paul II on Christmas Eve 1999. request of Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. Q Sept. 10: jubilee of university teachers. Sept. 15-24: International Marian- Mariological Congress. Oct. 29: jubilee of sports people. O Nov. 5:jubilee of those working in pub- lic life. Nov. 12: day of thanks for the gifts of creation; jubilee of agricultural work- percent of'those surveyed. In a 1984 na- of Prayer for Christian Unity. fi0nal study, Hispanics made up only 7 El Feb. 11: jubilee of the sick and health Percent of all seminarians, care workers. Q Sept. 17: jubilee of those in the third ers. _ African-Americans represented 4 per- El Feb. 18: jubilee of artists, age (senior citizens). Nov. 10: jubilee of the military and the eatofthe newly ordained--slightly up El Feb. 20:jubilee of permanent deacons. Q Oct. 8: jubilee of bishops and act of police. tr0nl the . 2 percent to 3 Dercent of U.S. El Feb. 22: jubilee of the Roman Curia. dedicating the new millennium to the Dec. 17: jubilee of the world of enter- s .minariansrecorded in other recent El Feb. 25-27: study convention on theprotection of Mary. tainment. tUdies. [ thTh e Hispanic and African'American coPld2lentation of the Second Vatican Oct. 14-15: Worldwide Encounter oftheHoly Father with Families, jubilee of QI Dec. 31: prayer vigil for the passage tOthe new millennium. [ u thlic communities have long been El March 20:jubilee of craftsmen, families and celebration of the sacra- QJan. 6, 2001: closing of the Holy Door at [ ,U derrepresented in the priesthood, but CI March 25: feast of the Annunciation; ment of matrimony. St. Peter s Basilica. [ uar L,Wing of that gap. dignity of women in the light of Mary s ! . m a-Americans and Pacific Islanders mission. ' represente or ] d 6 percent of the newly - El April 10: jubilee of migrants and refu- | " ned -_. a figure higher than the esti- gees. [ .ted 2 percent to 3 percent of U.S. 121 April 22: Easter Vigil and celebration of ] . olics who are of Asian or Pacific Is- the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. : }lands descent El May 1: jubilee of workers. I I ,LTMhew study, conducted by the U.S. El May 18: jubilee of clergy. I mlOps' Office on Vocations, was based 0 May 25: jubilee of scientists. !] _n responses this snrin r from 428menr o ElJune 4:jubilee of journalists. SHARING OF FAITH FOR JR. HIGH, II U lY or " " " El July 9: jubilee celebrations in prisons. ]l lio dained or prepanng for ordina- l 8.n. this year-- 346 as diocesan priests, Q Aug. 5: prayer vigil on the feast of the HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE STUDENTS, II11 [I . mrnenting " tn religious orderS.on the study, Bishop Transfiguration of the Lord, heldatthe 81 OTHER YOUNG ADULTS II t .m.S. Loverde of Ogdensburg, N.Y., ] G 'rstcommun'mn. 1 t ,'!atrrnan of the bishoos' Vocations II ! I' narnittee, said: "I predict that a simi- Chutcll I [ e"rgrwin oercentauefriestswillth":r the seminary at a later age and [ GoodsS )rc JULY 17, 18, 19, 1998 II ! tl a rstiht re will be increasing cultural ] (501)372-2582 :;;li tlt mPI [I I hfi ty retlected in candidates for the [ 409-411West 7th Street [ OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL PARISH I Little Rck' AR 72203_l LITTLEROCK'AR II H [ Irn#ement ' LED'BY THE FRANCISCAN FRIARS II 11 C6mpany OF THE RENEWAL FROM BRONX, NY I] ! 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