Population Trends among Religious Institutes of Men

CARA has released a new Special Report on trends in religious institutes of men spanning 1970 to 2015. Although total membership has decreased from 42,000 in 1970 to 18,000 in 2015, one in ten institutes experienced a net increase in membership since 1970.

Role of Family in Nurturing Vocations

This report presents findings from a major study of the influence of families on the discernment of a vocation to religious life and priesthood. CARA surveyed men and women religious, diocesan priests, and seminarians who entered since 2000 as well as their family members. 

2015 CARA Awards

CARA is honoring Sr. Patricia Wittberg, SC and posthumously, Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, RSM for their contributions to Church research. Sr. Wittberg is receiving the Rev. Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD, Award for Exemplary Church Research. Sr. Walsh is receiving the Richard Cardinal Cushing Medal for the Advancement of Church Research.

U.S. Catholic Family Life

The Demographics of the Catholic Family. The second special report from CARA and Holy Cross Family Ministries' national survey of adult Catholics, ages 25 to 45, who are parents of a minor child.

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U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops release CARA review of research on Lay Ecclesial Ministers in the United States:

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