Number of new trainee priests at Maynooth hits record low

Only six men have started preparing for the Catholic organization at St Patrick’s College Maynooth this harvest time, accepted to be the most minimal number since its establishment in 1795.

Twice the same number of understudies began preparing for service in the Church of Ireland this month, with 12 affirmations, including two ladies, to the Church of Ireland Theological Institute in Dublin. Altogether there are 34 understudies in preparing at the foundation, 10 of them ladies.

There are 41 men examining for organization in Maynooth.

As per the 2016 registration, 78 for each penny of the Republic’s populace, or 3.7 million individuals, proclaimed themselves Roman Catholic. The statistics found the Republic’s Church of Ireland populace was 126,4 00, or 3.4 for every penny of the populace.

Pre-theological college year

The six men admitted to Maynooth incorporate two seminarians from Killaloe bishopric, and one each from Tuam, Cork and Ross, Elphin, and Kilmore.

What’s more, two seminarians started preparing at the Irish College in Rome, one at St Malachy’s in Belfast and two at Beda College in Rome.

Prior this year the Congregation for Clergy in Rome issued a record, The Gift of the Priestly Vocation, which unequivocally suggested that religious administrators around the globe present a pre-theological college (propaedeutic) year for new competitors who wished to observe whether they had a work. Eight men have started this propaedeutic year in areas around Ireland and abroad.

A year ago 14 men started as seminarians in Maynooth. In 2015 the figure was 17, 14 of every 2014 and 20 out of 2013.


In August a year ago the school was at the focal point of debate when it developed the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, said he was never again going to send seminarians there in view of its “noxious” air.

He said understudies were getting to gay dating applications and unknown letters were being circled blaming seminarians for wrongdoing.

The school organization said it shared “the worry” of Archbishop Martin about the “toxic environment”, made by unknown correspondence and web journals. It included, in any case, there was “no solid or valid proof of the presence of any charged ‘dynamic gay subculture’,” at the theological college.

Last May it was reported another president, Fr Michael Mullaney, had been delegated at the theological school and would hold office for the following three years as the Catholic clerics arranged plans to isolate the theological school from the Pontifical University there.

A minister will then be named to direct the theological school with a different office of president named to run the related college.