CARA Receives Grant to Research and Mentor Sisters

CARA has been awarded a $240,000 grant by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to help fund five CARA research projects that will enhance the public understanding of Catholic sisters and their ministries:

CARA Awards for 2016

CARA honors Dr. Timothy Matovina and Dr. Michael Cieslak, on Monday evening, October 24th. Dr. Cieslak is receiving the Rev. Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD, Award for Exemplary Church Research. The Richard Cardinal Cushing Medal for the Advancement of Church Research will be given to Dr. Matovina.

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.

Ministry Formation Statistics 2016

The 2015-16 academic year saw the number of men enrolled in the post-baccalaureate level of priestly formation decrease by 4% from last year. The number of men in diaconate formation programs was up 11% and the numbers of men and women enrolled in degree and certificate programs for lay ecclesial ministry formation increased by 6%. (Image courtesy of Bethlehem University)

College and Vocational Discernment

Surveys indicate that most men and women who choose a religious vocation first consider this in their teen years. How does their experience a short time later in college shape their early interest and play a role in their discernment? This special report presents results from two recent surveys. (Image courtesy of Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P.)

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A contingent of CARA researchers will be at the Religious Research Association annual meetings in Atlanta on October 28 presenting new data about the Catholic Church. 

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