CARA and the Church in Africa

In September 2016 CARA and the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) initiated a collaborative project of Visiting Scholars at CARA thanks to the generous support of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.  ASEC assists in identifying Catholic Sisters from among ten nations of Africa as candidates for the Visiting Scholar program at CARA.  The selected Sister Visiting Scholar comes to the CARA offices in Washington, DC for six months where she will join the CARA research team and develop her skills in applied research.

The Sister Visiting Scholars regularly work on the annual CARA studies on who is entering religious life each year, who is making final profession in religious life each year, and who is being ordained to the priesthood each year.  Additionally, they are contributing to many of the Parish Life Surveys that CARA conducts, and they initiate a Parish Life Survey in a parish of the home city.  Over the six months each Sister is usually a co-investigator on six or more CARA research projects.

On her return to her home country each Sister will initiate and complete several applied research projects that serve the needs of her Religious Institute or the national conference of Sisters in her nation.  CARA continues to offer mentorship and research support to the Sister Visiting Scholar after her return home.  This includes complimentary research projects leading to the development of joint academic presentations and papers.

African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC)

The mission of African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) is to facilitate access to education for women religious in Africa that leads to enhancement and expansion of the education, health, economic, social, environmental and spiritual services they provide. For more information on ASEC visit their website:

Other Resources and Information:

Visiting Scholars

Church in Africa Statistics

Reports Archive

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