Religion briefs, May 27

Two men from area to be ordained into priesthood today

Bishop Daniel E. Thomas is to ordain three men to the priesthood at 10 a.m. today at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Boulevard, Toledo).

Deacon Kyle Gase of Fostoria and Tiffin native Deacon Scott Perry, along with Deacon Andrew Wellmann, are to be ordained into priesthood for the Diocese of Toledo.

Gase, 32, is from St. Wendelin Parish in Fostoria. Ordination is the culmination of nine years of seminary formation – four years of undergraduate studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus and five years of graduate theological studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati.

Perry’s home parish is St. Joseph. His parents, Roger and Jane, live in Tiffin, and he has three younger siblings, Emily, Kevin, and Kaitlin. Perry graduated from Calvert High School in 2006 and from Ohio State University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. In 2011, he entered formation at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Cincinnati.

Gospel music with Southern flavor tonight

The Fishermen is to perform Southern gospel music at 6 p.m. today at Tiffin Freewill Baptist Church, 129 Eighth Ave., Tiffin. For details, call (419) 448-0566.

Pope laments loss of priests, nuns in Europe

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis voiced alarm Monday at the “hemorrhaging” of nuns and priests in Italy and Europe, saying God only knows how many seminaries, monasteries, convents and churches will close because fewer people are being called to lives of religious service.

Francis told Italy’s bishops he was concerned about the “crisis of vocations” in a region of the world that once was one of the biggest sources of Catholic missionaries. He said Italy and Europe were entering a period of “vocational sterility” to which he wasn’t sure a solution exists.

The number of Catholic priests worldwide declined by 136 to 415,656 in 2015, the last year for which data is available. But according to Vatican statistics, the decrease was greatest in Europe, where there were 2,502 fewer priests compared to 2014. The number was offset by increases in priestly vocations in Africa and Asia.

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