Class of 2016: Survey of Ordinands to the Priesthood

The 2016 report for CARA's national survey of new ordinands to the priesthood for the USCCB has been released. This year, nearly as many report studying in a STEM field as in Philosophy or Theology before entering the seminary.

NFPC Gives Award to CARA

CARA has received the 2016 National Federation of Priests’ Councils' Mandatum Award. CARA's Executive Director, Fr. Tom Gaunt, SJ accepted the award from NFPC President Fr. Tony Cutcher.

Science and Religion

This year, CARA will be conducting research on science and religion thanks to a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. This research consists of a national poll of self-identified adult Catholics, surveys of Catholic high school teachers in the United States, and surveys of seminary rectors in English-speaking countries around the world. The surveys will focus on how science and religion are integrated in Catholic high schools and Catholic seminaries as well as on what adult Catholics know and believe about issues related to science and religion.

Women and Men Entering Religious Life

In a new annual series, CARA surveyed men and women entering religious life in 2015. A first of its kind study. For both groups, the second most common way respondents reported first becoming acquainted with their religious institute is through the internet. 

Profession Class of 2015

This report presents findings from a national survey of women and men religious who professed perpetual vows in 2015 in a religious congregation, province, or monastery based in the United States. Respondents are more likely than other U.S. adult Catholics to have attended a Catholic high school (39% compared to 22%) and a Catholic college (43% compared to 7%). Median age of respondents was 35.

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CARA News

The National Federation of Priests' Councils (NFPC) is giving their Mandatum Award to CARA on April 20, 2016. The award is "presented to an individual or organization whose service in the Gospel of Jesus Christ exemplifies the purpose and goals of the Federation. In particular, the leadership of this individual or organization enhances the ministry of presbyteral councils, seeks to expound on the issues and concerns of priests, and champions NFPC’s mission and goals in the public square."

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