NPR reports: “At U.S. seminaries, a rise in millennials answering God’s call.” It seems that seminarians are getting younger, as more men discern a possible vocation to ordained ministry at a younger age.
These comments on liturgy from Fr. Thomas Baima, vice rector at Mundelein Seminary outside Chicago, will interest Pray Tell readers:
Baima, the vice rector at Mundelein, also argues that other aspects of contemporary society — its pace, the use of technology, the emphasis on visuals — may also play a role in explaining the demographic shift underway.
“Perhaps a form of worship that stresses beauty and the majesty of God … is filling a contemporary need that we might not be recognizing,” he says. “Is the fact that it’s a more visual experience simply lining up with a generation with whom visual communication is far more important because of technology’s changes?
“Is it because more traditional worship provides more quiet and reflective experiences in an age when information just crashes over them like waves?” Baima asks. “These are only hypotheses, but it’s a question.”