When some 25,000 young people descend upon the grounds of St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers on Saturday for a youth rally with the pope, it will be an opportunity for those who have not yet discerned what they want to be when they grow up to mingle with and talk to the many seminarians, priests and religious in the crowd. The archdiocese is hoping the experience, coupled with the powerful presence of the pope, will have a long-term impact on vocations.
Check out this story in today's New York Times, which looks not only at the youth rally but also at the decline in vocations and how this papal visit -- and some "Madison Avenue marketing" -- might turn that around. Click here to read the story, but be sure to check the sidebars on the page, where you can hear audio interviews with three seminarians about their paths to the priesthood, watch a slide show, and view photos from the seminary. The Times almost looks like a Catholic newspaper these days. Almost.
-- Mary DeTurris Poust