Priest Statistics

Diocesan Priests Date 1974 to 2001 

Year1974197919831987199219992001
Total Priests 400 401 377 368 340 288 281
Under age 45 203 171 134 106 69 27 25*
45-69 161 192 190 206 217 171 164
70+ 36 39 53 58 54 29 24
Retired             68

*note that there are 10 priests under age 40 and, of them, 2 priests are under age 30

Priests Personnel Projections to 2006 

Presently we have
Jan. 1993
Jun. 1998
Jul. 2001
Bishops 2 2 2
Pastors* 161 154 148
Parochial Vicars*
41 +4 spir
18 18
Special Workers*
65 37 28
Outside Diocese
 12  15  11
Sick Leave / LOA 10 6 5
Sabbatical   3 1
Total 295 235 213
Total with Retired 340 298 281
Total Active in Diocese 273 211 196

* = active

Projection to the Year 2006

All but retired / sick / LOA
Current 208
Age 75 by 7/1/2006 -24 age 75 or more by 2006
184 (includes priests with military or national roles outside of the diocese)
Age 70 by 2006 -18 (eligible for retirement 35)
(50% usually retire) 166
Deaths (5 years)
 -10 statistic is adjusted to reflect our current experience of 5 per year, 2FTE 156
Avg. 2 resignations per year
-10 statistic is adjusted downward to move toward our current experience and it includes early retirements for health reasons. 146
Ordinations 2000-2006
+12 (Seminarians, if all are ordained)
Optimum for 1 July 2006
158

Current Distribution of Priest Personnel by Age and Assignment 

Age#PastorAdminMulti-ParSM/PasPVBishopSMSABRen/sickOD
70+ 26 21   1   1 1 2     1
65-69 35 16 3 2   3 1 7     3
60-64 39 25   1 1 1   6   3 2
55-59 34 17 1 3 4 3   3 1 1 1
50-54 34 20   2 4 1   4     3
45-49 22     1 3 2   3     1
40-44 15 7   3   2   2   1  
35-39 6 2   1   2   1     1
30-34 2 2   1   1          
25-29 2         2          
Totals 215 120 4 14 12 18 2 28 1 5 11

The Good News About Seminarians and the Challenging News of Retirements 

We are fortunate to have 22 Seminarians in 10 years if study for the Priesthood. Eight are in their college years. 14 are in Theologates. The {brackets} indicate the year that Ordination might be anticipated for each class.

ClassSeminariansAnticipated OrdinationPriests Reaching 70
Theology 4 2 2002 6 (24 active priests are over 70)
Theology 3 1 2003 7
Pastoral Year 2 2004 10
Theology 2 6 2005 7
Theology 1 1 2006 4
Pre-Theology 2 2007 8
College 4 2 2007 above
College 3 2 2008 8
College 2 0 2009 10
College 1 4 2010 8

Other Priests Serving the Diocese of Syracuse 

  • Franciscans - 21 Priests + 5 Brothers
  • Jesuits - 23
  • Africans - 8
  • Others - 10

The Franciscans pastor four parishes: Assumption : Syracuse, St. Mary:Minoa, St. Francis of Assisi: Bridgeport also St. Cyril and Methodius: Binghamton. Additionally , they form the Community of St. Francis Brother of Peace in Syracuse. The Franciscan Community also provides Chaplins for St. Joseph Hospital, Syracuse University, the High School Faith Centers, The Franciscan Place in the Carousel Mall, the Northside Evangelization effort, and the Vicar for Religious. Franciscans frequently help in weekend parish ministry.

The Jesuit Community provides the Diocese with LeMoyne College , an excellent institution of Higher Education. Also present at the site of LeMoyne College is a Jesuit House of Formation.

The Distribution of the 28 Priests in FTE Specialized Ministries 

FTE: Priests in Specialized MinistriesFT Parish & FT Specialized
Health Care - 8
Education - 3
Campus Min- 4
Supply Ministry- 1
Cemeteries - 1
Retreats - 2
Parishes /Planning -1
Urban Ministry - 1
Prison Ministry - 3
Family Life - 1
Parishes / Planning - 1
Bishop's Office - 1
Vocation / Recrutment -1
Elizabeth House - 1
Elderly - 1
Health Care - 1
Campus Min - 2
Catholic Schools- 1
Seminarians - 1
Spanish Ministry - 1
Police / Sheriff - 1
Catholic Sun - 1
Chancellor - 1
Tribunal - 1

We are also blessed by the presence of Fr. Luis Olguin who is noted in the listing for other priests above