A recent report published by Boston College examined the strong correlation between men considering the priesthood and the people who encourage them.
The report, entitled College Experience and Priesthood, found that men who were encouraged by others to discern a vocation were more likely to pursue one than those who were not. The report refers to these people as “encouragers” – family members, friends, teachers, priests, etc. who tell someone in the early stages of discerning that they would make a good priest.
The study found that three encouragers was typically enough for a man considering the priesthood to start seriously discerning. It also concluded that more vocations came out of Catholic colleges and universities due to the higher concentration of people who could function as encouragers.
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