Salary and Benefits for Priests

How does diocesan priests’ compensation compare across different job assignments and experience levels? How do lay employees compare to diocesan priests in terms of salary and benefits? How do all those groups compare across different regions? Those are some of the questions CARA explored in the recent report National Diocesan Survey: Salary and Benefits for Priests and Lay Personnel, commissioned by the National Association of Church Personnel Administrators (NACPA). Blog post with analysis:

Trends in Formation Programs

CARA's annual reports on trends in formation programs for priests, deacons, and lay ecclesial ministers are now available. These are conducted as a part of CARA's Ministry Formation Directory.

Young Adult Catholics Active in Faith Outside of Parishes

Six in ten Catholic young adults, ages 18 to 35, in the United States participate in a faith-related group outside of attending Mass at their parish. This result is from a recent national survey conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. The report and a presentation are available for review now.

Entrance Class of 2021

CARA conducts a national survey of men and women's religious institutes about those entering religious life each year. The results of the 2021 entrance class are now available. A total of 351 entrants were identified (136 women and 215 men) by the institutes and 204 of these individuals responded to a CARA survey asking them about their characteristics, background, and experiences.

Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees, & Travelers

Commissioned by the USCCB, CARA surveyed all U.S. dioceses and eparchies as well as all of their worship sites to examine awareness of and pastoral care for migrants, refugees and travelers. Nearly 1 in 4 sites serve immigrant communities. A similar share serves migrant, refugee, itinerant groups. Comparing to Census data, awareness of these communities should be higher and potential pastoral care gaps are identified. For complete results see the project report:

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 joins the CARA research team and develop her skills in applied research. For more about the program and their work:

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