Jesuit Scholastic Brendan Coffey, SJ, Goes On-Air About Millennials and Religious Life
A recent “Focus on Faith” news report on Fox News addressed
the shortfall of men and women who are called to serve as priests and sisters
in the Catholic Church. In an effort to understand the reason for the changes
and what the numbers mean, Brendan Coffey, SJ, a Jesuit scholastic in the Maryland
Province, was interviewed as a rare exception in America—a millennial choosing
a religious vocation. Brendan spoke about the life of a Jesuit and how he fell
in love with a commitment to service and promoting a God that is deeply in love
with His creation.
Jesuit in formation, Brendan Coffey, SJ, provided insight into his call to religious life.
The report referenced research from Georgetown University that
shows a steady decline in the number of priests and sisters in the Catholic
Church over the last five decades despite an increase in the number of
Catholics. Also interviewed was Fr. Thomas Gaunt, SJ, executive director of the Center
for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University. Fr. Gaunt discussed the impact of our older priests and sisters who are dying without the same number of younger
men and women choosing religious life. He also pointed out that a smaller
number of religious educators engaging with students has had a natural social
Fr. Thomas Gaunt, SJ, has studied the decline in priests and sisters in the Catholic Church and what it means.
The news report finished with Brendan conveying how he wished more young
people could see and experience the good and happy lives he and the other Jesuits in his community are living.
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