Friday, June 06, 2008

In Idaho, Harvest Time

Long known for its potatoes, last night the Gem State's local church reaped a bumper crop of priests:
The Roman Catholic Diocese in Boise plans to ordain six new priests, and five of them speak Spanish.

Diocese officials say four of the men are from Mexico, one is from Guatemala and one is from Poland.

The diocese is scheduled to ordain the priests Thursday night at St. John’s Cathedral in Boise.

Diocese officials say Bishop Michael Driscoll will announce where the priests have been assigned later this month.

The Catholic diocese currently includes 100 priests in Idaho, several of which are Spanish-speaking.
And there's more where that came from -- minus the newly-ordained, the statewide diocese counts 28 seminarians in formation.

Currently standing at somewhere around 150,000, Idaho's Catholic population has doubled in the last two decades.