• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

  • Jackie Ricciardi

    Staff photojournalist

    Portrait of Jackie Ricciardi

    Jackie Ricciardi is a staff photojournalist at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. She has worked as a staff photographer at newspapers that include the Augusta Chronicle in Augusta, Ga., and at Seacoast Media Group in Portsmouth, N.H., where she was twice named New Hampshire Press Photographer of the Year.   Profile

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There are 4 comments on Priest Shortage? Why a Surprising Number of BU Alums Are Entering the Catholic Priesthood

  1. Thank you for highlighting this beautiful story – it made me proud of my alma mater for the first time in years! I especially appreciate their intelligent remarks regarding the abuse scandal. It’s sad how the (undoubtedly horrific) actions of a relatively small group have cast shame on many Catholic believers, but they provide great rebuttals.

  2. My wife and I met at Newman House in 1989 and have fond memories of the friends we made and faith we shared. I am grateful to see BU’s media outlet recognize this gem of a ministry and all it has given to the people of God. What are the chances of seeing this in Bostonia magazine, or promoted by the university’s social media team, in recognition of a wonderful community at BU that goes largely ignored?

    1. Hi Matthew,

      Thanks so much for your comment and question. Yes, this story is in the fall Bostonia magazine, and our social media team is preparing to share it far and wide. Unfortunately, the magazine is experiencing printing delays due to the supply chain crisis. You should see the issue by the end of the month.

      All my best,

      Cindy Buccini

  3. This was alluded to in the article, but another likely cause of the great fruit of BU’s Catholic campus ministry is that they have four FOCUS (Fellowship Of Catholic University Students) Missionaries on staff! These young lay people are on fire for the faith and their witness to the love of Christ is powerful and compelling! I credit FOCUS Missionaries across the country with MANY of Catholicism’s recent vocations to religious life.

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