As a country of Vincentian vowed men, we are dying- and yet we refuse to admit it. And no one is taking our place. In our entire province we have only 10 men who are under 50 years of age. Our average age is approaching 70. We have13 seminarians for the entire USA- all but one of them in the East. At least 8 of those students are undocumented migrants who cannot be legally, gainfully employed in the USA.
That leaves roughly 23 men to staff and run 20+ parishes and 3 universities over the next decade. It's unsustainable. Our ministries are closing because there is no one to send and those that are still functioning are on life support.
QUESTION: What is your strategy for addressing this reality? What do you see as the future as Vincentians in the West and USA as a whole?