COVINGTON, La. — David LaPointe remembers feeling nervous the first time he said the words out loud, confiding in the counselor at his Roman Catholic high school in Texas.”I think God might be calling me to be a priest,” he told her.LaPointe, now 23, is a senior at St. Joseph Seminary College in St. Benedict near Covington, entering his last year of undergraduate study as he continues the process of determining whether he will ultimately become a parish priest.His journey is one that has become ever rarer, with decades of declining enrollment in Catholic seminaries and dwindling numbers of priests.LaPointe was the first student at his high school to take steps toward the priesthood in 25 years, he said. But he’s not the last. One more has come from his high school and another from his home parish.Surprisingly, perhaps, he’s also part of the largest group of seminarians that St. Joseph has ever seen, according to the Rev. Gregory Boquet, O.S.B., president and rector of the college at the Benedictine abbey.The school has 150 young men enrolled, studying liberal arts and philosophy and giving serious consideration to a priestly calling. The freshman class that entered in August was also historically large, comprising 65 students.

Source: St. Joseph Seminary College students prepare for priesthood – Longview News-Journal – Longview, TX

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