Books and Other Publications

A Portrait of the Permanent Diaconate: A Study for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops 2009-2010

April, 2010 - In fall 2009, CARA contacted the directors of all diaconate formation programs in its Catholic Ministry Formation database to request their cooperation in completing the survey. This survey asked about the number of permanent deacons in the diocese, including those in active ministry and those retired. Using the responses to this survey, CARA is able to estimate the total number of permanent deacons in the United States, and include information on their ministries.

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Ministry in a Church of Increasing Diversity: A Profile of Diocesan Hispanic/Latino Ministry

May, 2003
This report is an overview of diocesan-level Hispanic/Latino Ministry.

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Catholic Dioceses in the United States: Map

11" by 17" color map of diocesan, provinces, and USCCB regional boundaries

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Catholic Media Use in the United States

March, 2006
In fall 2005, CARA conducted a national poll of adult Catholics designed to provide a comprehensive portrait of their media use for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The survey was completed by 1,260 self-identified Catholics who were 18 years of age or older. This report provides the results of this survey including U.S. adult Catholics' use of print, television, radio, and Internet media.

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Marriage in the Catholic Church: A Survey of U.S. Catholics

October, 2007
In summer 2007, CARA conducted a national poll of adult Catholics designed to provide a comprehensive portrait of marriage for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The survey was completed by 1,008 self-identified Catholics who were 18 years of age or older (margin of sampling error of ± 3.1 percentage points). This report provides the results of this survey including: (1) awareness of and understanding of Catholic Church teaching on marriage, (2) general attitudes about marriage, and (3) personal experiences of marriage preparation, the sacrament of marriage, and daily married life.

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Sacraments Today: Belief and Practice among U.S. Catholics

April, 2008
In February 2008 CARA surveyed 1,007 self-identified adult Catholics in the United States for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to learn about contemporary participation in the sacramental life of the Church as well as beliefs about the sacraments. The survey also addresses many other issues of importance to the Church, including other forms of participation in Church life and other teachings of Catholicism.

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Young Adult Catholics

Fall, 2002
This report was designed by CARA for the Secretariat for Family, Laity, Women and Youth of the USCCB and is based on recent CARA research highlighting major findings on the demographic, attitudinal and behavioral characteristics of Young Adult Catholics in the United States.

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Catholicism USA. A Portrait of the Catholic Church in the United States

2000
Catholicism USA combines narrative and story with statistics, trends, and analysis to provide an in-depth portrait of U.S. Catholics and their church today. Catholicism USA is the only reader-friendly resource that interprets current statistics on Catholic population, institutions, and personnel--and what these numbers portend. Complete with graphs, maps, and tables summarizing a wealth of data, Catholicism USA provides the facts and figures that bishops, planners, priests, teachers, lay ministers, media, and scholars need to understand the church as it enters the third millennium.

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Getting the Word Out: Lay Preaching in the Diocese of Great Falls- Billings, Montana

Summer, 2002
A study done for the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings and Partners in Preaching, this report presents findings of surveys of lay preachers, priests and parishioners from parishes that have experienced lay preaching in the Diocese.

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National Profile of Catechetical Ministry

November, 2000
National Profile of Catechetical Ministry: A Joint Project of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, the National Catholic Education Association, and the United States Catholic Conference. This Special Report presents key findings from surveys of diocesan directors of religious education, parish directors of religious education, and pastors, including the open-ended comments provided by those groups, and discusses findings from focus groups.

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Books and Other Publications