The seminarians at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood are hoping to inspire people who are wary of putting their trust in the clergy again once they graduate, writes Matt Sedensky for The Morning Call.
Currently, 156 young men call the seminary home. They are all aware that while their 188-year-old school has produced many respected clergy members, some of whom have become bishops and cardinals, it has also been home to several who have been involved in recently uncovered child sexual abuse cases.
But despite the scandals that have driven many faithful from the pews, the young seminarians remain optimistic, reverent, and committed.
“If anything, it probably made the desire to respond to God’s call even more urgent,” said Tucker Brown, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Others are hoping to become the priests that people actually need.
“In a strange and demanding and convicting way, it’s almost like a challenge to be the priest that other priests weren’t for the people,” says Daniel Rice, a seminarian for the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia.
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