Los Angeles cardinal says lay ministry push helping priestly vocations
The church's emphasis on lay ministry is not diluting vocations to ordained and consecrated life, according to Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles.
"Just the opposite is taking place. As more and more lay people become involved in ministry, they are a base for vocations to the priesthood and religious life," he said in off-the-cuff remarks during a speech at The Catholic University of America in Washington.
The largest group of seminarians studying for his archdiocese come from lay ministry, he added. Cardinal Mahony spoke last Tuesday on "Charting a Course for Participation in Mission."