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New Report on the "Satisfaction and Challenges among Recently Ordained Priests." The National Association of Catholic Theological Schools (NACTS) commissioned CARA to conduct a survey of recently ordained Catholic priests in the United States regarding how well U.S. Catholic seminaries are preparing men for their priestly life and ministry and in what areas of their priestly life and ministry the newly ordained priests are most and least satisfied. This report details the results of this study.

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International Consultative Research Conference

CARA and the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) recently hosted a gathering of representatives from Catholic research centers around the world that have interest and experience in studying religious life to initiate an international network to share research and collaborate on future projects.  The proceeding are available here online.

Ministry in the Midst of Pandemic: Survey of Bishops

Just how badly has the Covid-19 pandemic hit the Catholic Church in the United States? After taking such a hard hit financially, how can U.S. bishops help parishes be “field hospitals” for the sick during a time of so much need? We asked the bishops and here is what they said:

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Entrance Class of 2019

This report presents findings from a national survey of women and men religious who formally entered a religious congregation, province, or monastery based in the United States during 2019. Nearly four in five (77%) responding religious institutes had no one entering religious life in 2019.  Eleven percent reported one entrant and 12% reported two or more. The average age of respondents of the Entrance Class of 2019 is 28.  Half of the respondents are age 25 or younger.

Profession Class of 2019

This report presents findings from a national survey of women and men religious who professed perpetual vows in 2019 in a religious congregation, province, or monastery based in the United States. Eight in ten responding religious institutes (83percent) had no one professing perpetual vows in religious life in 2019. One in ten institutes (11percent) had one perpetual profession and just over one in twenty (6 percent) reported two or more. The average age of responding religious of the Profession Class of 2019is 39. Half of the responding religious are age 34 or younger. The youngest is 24and the oldest is 71.

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