From time to time CARA summarizes research in a special report format. These executive summary style reports are typically based on one or more comprehensive reports available from CARA.

Population Trends Among Religious INstitutes of Women | Fall 2014




CARA has completed a longitudinal study of women religious in the United States drawing on data reported by the religious institutes of women listed in the Official Catholic Directory. The contributions of women religious in the United States continue to be evident today in Catholic institutions of education and healthcare across the country, but there are, and have been, countless other contributions as well. Over the years, these valiant women have adapted to changing circumstances and forged ahead despite challenges to their way of life and ministry. The U.S. Catholic Church is indebted to the ministerial efforts and sacrifices made by women religious in the past and present. This CARA Special Report is an effort to disentangle the story of women religious in the United States that is hidden in the numbers.

Nurturing Vocations to Religious Life and Priesthood  | Spring 2014




The research on volunteer alumni suggests that volunteering for a year of service in a faith-based volunteer service organization may be an important step in a young adult’s discernment process. This is evidenced by the majority of the men volunteer alumni and one-third of the women volunteer alumni who have considered a religious vocation. Current and former volunteers may well be the most likely and identifiable group of potential vocations to priesthood and religious life.

Parish Life Today  | Winter 2010





The Catholic population in the United States has changed dramatically in the last 50 years and parish life is transforming as well. The Church is becoming more ethnically and racially diverse, traditional centers of Catholic population are shifting, and the people in the pews have different expectations. These changes, coupled with a decrease in Mass attendance, are evident in many American parishes. What are the characteristics of parish life in the United States today?


When We CAn No Longer 'Do': Retirement for Priests  | Spring 2009




A comprehensive nationwide survey of diocesan priests and their attitudes about retirement. The study was commissioned by the Laity in Support of Retired Priests, Inc. (LSRP). The study includes diocesan priests, both active and retired. It assess their knowledge, perceptions, experiences, needs, and concerns about retirement from active ministry.


Schools primary Trends Challenges and Outlook  | Spring 2006




NCEA commissioned CARA to conduct this research to obtain a comprehensive picture of the present status of U.S. Catholic elementary schools. The research substantiates that there is clearly a demand for the schools: parents whose children are enrolled are generally pleased with the school and quality religious education was ranked first in importance by parents when choosing a Catholic school. Demographic shifts—“people moved and the schools didn’t”—have proven to be the most critical reason for enrollment losses and school closures

Ecclesiastical Faculties and Cononical Degree Programs in the United States  | Fall 2006
Understanding the ministry and Experience: Parish Life Coordinators in the UNited States  | Summer 2005 
The Impact of Catholic Campus Ministry on the Beliefs and Worship Practices of U.S. Catholics  | Fall 2005
In Search of Best Practices in Minstry with Gay and Lesbian Catholics  | Summer 2004
Young Adult Catholics  | Fall 2003
Getting the Word Out: Lay Preaching in the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Montana  | Summer 2002
National Parish inventory  | Fall 2000
Priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago: Moving into a New Century with Hope and Vision  | Spring 2000
National Profile of Catechetical Ministry  | Fall 2000