New Parish Book Out in January 2017

In addition to CARA's research for clients, the center's researchers have been releasing about a book a year. Catholic Parishes of the 21st Century is out in January 2017. CARA researchers are currently working on other books about the American bishops, religion and science, international sisters, Catholicism and politics, and the American Catholic laity.

Emerging U.S. Communities of Consecrated Life

What is the future of consecrated life in the United States? What will religious institutes and societies of apostolic life look like? What new lay movements and associations of the faithful are emerging? Hints of the answers to these and other questions can be found in CARA’s latest directory of new and emerging communities of consecrated life and lay movements in the U.S. since 1965.

Ministry Formation Directory 2017

CARA is pleased to offer the Catholic Ministry Formation Directory 2017 (available in May). This volume is an indispensable reference for seminary, diaconate, and lay ministry formation programs, vocation offices, career counselors, parishes, and others. The 2017 Directory contains an analysis of participants in Catholic ministry formation programs as well as a complete listing of the more than 550 programs sponsored by the Church. A statistical overview of ministry formation enrollments is also provided.

Frequently Requested Stats Updated

CARA's Frequently Requested Statistics (FRS) for the U.S. have been updated. The figure to the right was generated with some of these showing the decline in the number of students enrolled in formal Catholic religious education institutions and programs. When the "Baby Boom" was of school age this peaked at 10.3 million. Today it stands at 5.8 million. Our FRS include data on the workforce of the Church, parishes, the laity, religious education, sacraments, and social/health services.

Inclusion of Parishioners with Disabilities in Parish Life

This CARA Special Report presents findings from its survey of a national random sample of Catholic parishes, providing a snapshot of the extent to which efforts to include persons with disabilities in parish life have been successful and identifies room for improvement.

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Sr. Thu T. Do, LHC has joined CARA as a doctoral research associate.

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