MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Madison Catholic Diocese is turning to its parishioners to help fund the training of priests.
The diocese has seen a surge in the number of priests-in-training, from six in 2003 to the current 33. To educate current and future seminarians, the Madison diocese needs $30 million.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports church-goers have responded with vigor. The campaign began last fall and will continue through the end of this year. Although the campaign has yet to expand to all churches in the 11-county diocese, parishioners already have pledged more than $28 million.
Bishop Robert Morlino gives a lot of the credit to the diocese's 110 priests who've been rolling out the campaign in their parishes.