Shortage of priests in Catholic Church

The Catholic Church, in some countries, is facing a shortage of priests.

General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of PNG and Solomon Islands, Fr Victor Roche, says although PNG and the Oceania region are not directly affected by this, the Catholic Church in the Oceania region is determined to address this during the Assembly of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conference of Oceania this month.

“The Conference will be an opportune time to reflect on this, specifically on youths, their faith and their vocation,” added Fr Victor.

Fr Victor said in their capacity and as a Church in the region, they are adamant to help the global Catholic Church network in grooming youths in PNG and in other Pacific Island nations to become priests, brothers and sisters so that the next generation can carry on the work of the Church.

(Fr Victor Roche, right, with Fr Ambrose Pereira and Fr Bruce Kupi during the recent Catholic Professionals Society workshop)

Carolyn Ure