As of today, August 18, 2009, here are the numbers:
*Current Aggie priests/permanent religious = 128
*Current Aggies in seminary / religious formation = 42
*# of Aggies who entered seminary or religious formation:
- 2009 = 8
- 2008 = 7
- 2007 = 8
- 2006 = 14 (record number)
*For the last 12 years - average number of Aggies per year entering seminary/formation = 8.17
*2009 ordinations = 3 priests + 1 transitional deacon
*2009 religious = 2 final vows + 1 first vows + 1 entering novitiate
These numbers have translated into helping many orders and dioceses around the country. For instance:
- The Austin diocese, one of the biggest pipelines from Aggieland, has a record number of seminarians for this fall = 46 (a record number for the third year in a row)!
- The New Orleans province of Jesuits who has about a dozen Aggies.
- 5 Aggie in the Nashville Dominican sisters.
The only "vocations crisis" we have is getting all of the vocations directors in front of our students.
Gig 'em Aggie Catholic Vocations!