Where Catholics Are Moving

CARA regularly analyzes Census data in the context of diocesan boundaries with estimates for the Catholic population. Our most recent look shows where new Catholics are moving in around the United States:

Catholic Worship Site Inventory

CARA has been commissioned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to update its database of Catholic worship sites in the United States, from cathedrals to parishes to chapels. All of 19,900+ of them. This survey asks each site to briefly provide information about the local community with a focus on pastoral care of "people on the move." To go to the survey click "View" below.

Women Religious in Africa

Africa is projected to more than double its Christian population between 2010 and 2050. It is one of only two continents (the other is Asia) where vocations to religious life among Catholic women is growing rather than declining. This special report shows how the different countries of the continent are experiencing very different rates of growth and decline as well as documenting the varied ways African sisters are ministering. Full report...

Emerging U.S. Communities of Consecrated Life

What is the future of consecrated life in the United States? What will religious institutes and societies of apostolic life look like? What new lay movements and associations of the faithful are emerging? Hints of the answers to these and other questions can be found in CARA’s latest directory of new and emerging communities of consecrated life and lay movements in the U.S. since 1965.

Ministry Formation Directory 2017

CARA is pleased to offer the Catholic Ministry Formation Directory 2017 (available in May). This volume is an indispensable reference for seminary, diaconate, and lay ministry formation programs, vocation offices, career counselors, parishes, and others. The 2017 Directory contains an analysis of participants in Catholic ministry formation programs as well as a complete listing of the more than 550 programs sponsored by the Church. A statistical overview of ministry formation enrollments is also provided.

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CARA Researcher Mark Gray won 1st Place in the Catholic Press Association Awards for Best In-Depth News/Special Reporting for a National Newspaper or Wire Service for his story "Young people are leaving the faith: Here's why" in OSV Newsweekly.

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