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The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University is proud to announce that two landmark studies have been recently completed. The first, a national survey of former volunteers of the Catholic Volunteer Network, looks at more than 5,000 men and women in CVN member organizations on a range of topics. For more information about the study, or for a copy of the findings, click on the link below. To see pictures from the data release in November, 2013, view the video below.

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The second study, a look at the rich demography of the Catholic Church in the United States, was conducted for the Committee of Cultural Diversity in the Church for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. For this study, CARA utilized county-level U.S. Census data for 2010 to estimate the total population sizes for racial and ethnic groups within ecclesial boundaries. Catholic parishes serving these particular racial and ethnic groups were then identified using a variety of methods and were mapped to the pouplation centers for these groups. The results highlight those places where services are and are not located compared to the location of these minority groups.

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The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University awarded Neil A. Parent the Cardinal Cushing Medal for Support for Catholic Research for his leadership on the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership Project. Neil's remarks from the evening are availble here.

To mark the occassion, and in celebration of Neil's involvement in the Emerging Models Project, CARA researcher Mark Gray lectured on the state of Catholic parish life in the United States. His talk, Steady Changes in U.S. Catholic Parish Life, is available availble here.

Declining Proportion of Baptisms a Cause for Concern

Although the U.S. self-identified Catholic population holds steady at just under 25 percent, the number of Catholic baptisms have declined in recent years - both absolutely and in proportion to the number of total births. This little-noticed phenomenon is concealed because researchers generally study people ages 18 and older. However, analyzing data from The Official Catholic Directory, CARA researchers discovered that the Catholic percentage of the U.S. birth cohort has dropped from a high of 33.9 percent in 1965, to 25.0 percent in 2004, to only 20.1 percent in 2011 - the last year for which data are available.

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Watch: CARA researchers present new data on Parish Life in the 21st Century at Villanova University.

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