The 2015 class of men to be ordained to the priesthood has grown over last year with 595 to be ordained versus 477 who became priests last year. The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, which gathers data for an annual survey for the U.S. bishops, says on average, the seminarians were about age 17 when they first considered a vocation to the priesthood. The average age for the Class of 2015 is 34, with 25 percent having been born outside of the United States. Half say they attended a Catholic elementary school. Our diocese will ordain two on June 5 at St. Ambrose Cathedral. They are Deacon Luis Alonso Mejia and Deacon Andrew Windschitl. The ordination begins at 7 p.m. and a reception follows across the street in the Catholic Pastoral Center. All are invited.