May 03, 2006

Seminary spiritual proving ground, says author of insider’s narrative

Catholic Online

NEW YORK (Catholic Online) – Today’s seminary is a spiritual boot camp that forces seminarians to face external and internal challenges, including obedience and celibacy, and a proving ground to test their vocation, said the author of a book published in April about five men who give up careers to study for the priesthood.

Jonathan Englert interviewed more than 50 seminarians as well as spiritual directors, faculty members and officials of several seminaries and researched seminary life over a five-year period in writing The Collar: A Year of Striving and Faith Inside a Catholic Seminary (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2006, 300 pp., $25.95). ...

It was written within the context of the church going through the clergy sexual abuse crisis and a situation in which the numbers of Catholics in the United States are growing and the numbers of priests are declining dramatically.

Posted by kshaw at May 3, 2006 06:24 AM