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There’s been a lot of discussion on whether it is better to have male altar servers or to allow both girls and boys to serve at the altar.
Most of the discussion ends up being people offering their opinions
“I think it helps girls discern religious life”
“I think it fosters vocations to the priesthood”
“I think boys are more likely to serve if girls don’t serve”
“I think boys are just as likely to serve whether or not girls are allowed to”
and the opinions continue to pass each other like missiles mid flight
I like statistics, so I solicited some. I’d love to have more, so if you know of a parish, drop their stats in as a comment, and I’ll add them.
I asked for parishes that made the switch to all male altar servers what their server numbers were like before the switch and what the number of servers was about a year after the switch.
Here we go:
That’s hard to argue with. The average parish surveyed, when switching from co-ed servers to male-only saw their server numbers grow by a factor of 4.5
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