Michael Mendl – Personnel of the New Rochelle province: increase and decrease (1946-1988)

The years following World War II saw a great rise in the number of ecclesiastical vocations in North America, and then a great decline following Vatican II, together with great losses from the ranks of priests and religious. Father Mendl studies the data for these post-war and post-conciliar periods as regards one Salesian province, the eastern United States and Canada, between 1946 and 1988. He attempts a modest analysis of the data and draws some tentative conclusions from them.

Gli anni successivi alla II guerra mondiale videro un grande sviluppo del numero
delle vocazioni ecclesiastiche nel Nord America, mentre invece si ebbe un
loro forte calo dopo il Concilio Vaticano II. L’A. studia i dati relativi al periodo
1946-1988 per quanto concerne l’ispettoria orientale degli Stati Uniti e del Canada.
Dall’analisi dei dati tenta altresì di trarre delle pertinenti conclusioni.



  1. The New Rochelle Province
  2. Methodology
  3. Data and Observations: 1946-1951
  4. Data and Observations: 1952-1960
  5. Data and Observations: 1961-1969
  6. Data and Observations: 1970-1978
  7. Data and Observations: 1979-1987
  8. Long-term Perseverance
  9. Changes of Status
  10. A Bright Spot amid the Losses
  11. Tentative Conclusions

Reference time period: 1946 – 1988

M. Mendl, Personnel of the New Rochelle province: increase and decrease (1946-1988), in «Ricerche Storiche Salesiane» 13 (1994) 24, 225-252.

Reference institution:
Istituto Storico Salesiano
Istituto Storico Salesiano

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