All the new priests joining the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson this year are from Nigeria, reflecting nationwide growth in the number of foreign-born Catholic clerics serving in U.S. dioceses.
Foreign-born priests are filling vacancies in the American Catholic Church, where the priesthood is declining in numbers as older priests retire and fewer young men seek vocations.
And while the trend at one time, particularly in the 1950s and '60s, was for the United States to send Catholic missionaries to Africa, there is now a reversal. Africa is sending missionaries to the United States who have high hopes of evangelizing Americans.
The Tucson diocese now has 13 African priests, including the three Nigerians - 12 percent of the total number of priests serving diocesan parishes.
I saw on the BBC, several days back, France is having the same problem. Some of the old priests there are even supporting the idea of married priests and women priests. The first is very biblical and the latter is not.
We Evangelical Protestants have to start sending out missionaries to Catholic areas, so attendees and former attendees of the Catholic Church are not taken in my superficial face lift practices.
It appears that the harvests could be great if we can find the workers to carry out this calling.