Church Using Internet to Recruit Priests
The church has been struggling to attract new clergy since Ireland's economy took off in the 1990s. An average of 50-60 new priests join Irish parishes annually, a number that is far below the 200-300 that joined in the 1960s.
The campaign is geared toward men between the ages of 17 and 25. The Web site itself features a popular Gaelic soccer player. A telephone hotline has also been set up to counsel young men interested in joining.