Without enough priests, U.S.-based Paulists decide to leave Canada

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June 24, 2015

Paulist priests pose for this 1913 photo with Toronto Archbishop Neil McNeil, who is seated, on the campus of the University of Toronto. Without enough priests, the U.S.-based Paulists have decided to leave Canada after a century of ministry. (CNS photo/courtesy of the Paulists) See CANADA-PAULISTS June 24, 2015.

Paulist priests pose for this 1913 photo with Toronto Archbishop Neil McNeil, who is seated, on the campus of the University of Toronto. Without enough priests, the U.S.-based Paulists have decided to leave Canada after a century of ministry. (CNS photo/courtesy of the Paulists)

TORONTO (CNS) — The Paulist Fathers don’t want to leave Toronto, but they say they must.

The unusual uptick in vocations after the World War II has worked its way through the system and there are not enough priests left to staff the ambitious little empire of Paulist ministries that once dotted cities across Canada. So, after a century in Toronto, the U.S.-based Paulists are going home.

“This is a decision no religious community wants to make,” said Father Eric Andrews, Paulist Fathers president. “If we had unlimited resources and manpower we would have continued to advance, but at the end of the day it was too much for us to bear. … A lot of men who entered in the ’50s and early ’60s — a big, large cohort — they’re all in retirement now.”

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