Catholic Worship Site Inventory

CARA was asked by the USCCB to survey all Catholic worship sites in the United States, from cathedrals to parishes to chapels. We are wrapping up data collection soon. The 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. For a login or password for your site contact Mark Gray at

Ministry Formation Data for 2017-18

CARA collects data on ministry formation programs annually for the Catholic Ministry Formation Directory. This includes information about those currently preparing to become priests, deacons, and lay ecclesial ministers in the Catholic Church in the United States and the programs they are enrolled in. See who the next generation of Church leaders are and where they are studying:

Science and Religion in Catholic High Schools

Catholic schools are unique in the U.S. that they have long aimed to teach religion and science (...yes, including evolution) under the same roof. How well do Catholic high schools help students reconcile their knowledge of their faith and science? CARA surveys reveal again that "Catholic schools matter." Read the Special Report...

Women and Men Entering Religious Life

What attracts women and men entering religious life to the orders they join?  Respondents to a new CARA survey say they were drawn by the institute’s spirituality, mission, community life, prayer life, and the example of its members. Nine in ten said they were at least “somewhat” attracted by those features. Two in three said they were “very much” attracted to those elements of their religious institute. Read more:

Catholic Women in the United States

CARA explores the beliefs, practices, experiences, and attitudes of Catholic women in the United States in this first of its kind national survey. This research was commissioned by America Media and is featured in America Magazine. Read CARA's summary report for the survey:

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CARA can help you with surveys, focus groups, interviews, demographics, mapping, planning studies, trend analysis, projections and forecasting, program reviews, market research, data collection and database creation and maintenance, archival research, and pre-test/post-test experiments.

CARA's team includes researchers and staff with degrees in sociology, political science, city planning, education, communications, business, marketing, philanthropic studies, religious studies, and church ministry. We're here to help you solve problems, understand issues, plan for the future, and be more effective.


CARA has invited Sr. Joan Chisala, CSJB to be our next Visiting Research Scholar from Africa. We hope she will join our staff in June. Sr. Joan resides in Solwezi, Zambia. She has a degree in education and is a principal at a secondary school.

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