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Old 10-22-2015, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Mouldy, was it so different in your area?
Catholics have always been a tiny minority in Mississippi. We never produced enough home-grown vocations even when the number of seminarians was at its peak in the United States. Most of our priests came from Ireland at one time, but the Church in Ireland ain't what it used to be.

Vietnam may be the new "Ireland" for priests in this country.

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Old 10-22-2015, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Most high schools were private collèges classiques run by the Catholic church.
Did that mean everyone who was a teacher was a priest or nun?
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Old 10-22-2015, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Catholics have always been a tiny minority in Mississippi. We never produced enough home-grown vocations even when the number of seminarians was at its peak in the United States. Most of our priests came from Ireland at one time, but the Church in Ireland ain't what it used to be.

Vietnam may be the new "Ireland" for priests in this country.

Vietnamese Vocations
From what I gather most of the new priests in French Canadian parishes these days are from francophone Africa. There are also some from Latin America - they often speak French already or can learn it easily.

I went to the funeral of a relative this past summer and the priest presiding over the ceremony was a francophone African.
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Old 10-22-2015, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Did that mean everyone who was a teacher was a priest or nun?
The vast majority of them yes. I did a quick search and lay people (laïcs) seem to have started teaching in large numbers in the colleges only in the 1960s.
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Old 10-22-2015, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I did part of my school in publicly funded Catholic schools, part in private Catholic schools, and part in non-denominational public schools.

When I was in those publicly funded Catholic schools, most of the teachers were lay people but there were still nuns teaching here and there in the school until the late 1980s. Maybe into the 90s but I was gone by then.
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