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Laity And Parishes

 

*These facts are for 2013, unless otherwise noted.

As of 2014, there are 76.7 million[1] Catholics in the United States (approximately 22% of the U.S. population)[2], and nearly 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide.[3]


New Church Members[4]

Infant Baptisms: 730,171

Adult Baptisms: 39,654

Received into Full Communion: 66,831


Ethnic/Racial Groups in the United States


Hispanic Catholics

50.5 million Hispanics or Latinos live in the United States and some 29.7 million are estimated to be Catholic, representing about 59% of the total Hispanic/Latino population.[5]

15% of the priests ordained in 2014 are Hispanic.[6]

54% of U.S. Millennial Catholics in the United States (born in 1982 or later) are of Hispanic/Latino descent.[7]

64% of Hispanics who identify as Catholic attend church services regularly.[8]

Currently, there are 40Hispanic bishops, 25 active and 15 retired.[9]


African American Catholics

There are 2.1 million African American, African or Afro-Caribbean (non-Hispanic) Catholics, representing about 5.6 percent of the 37.7 million people of this race/ethnicity in the U.S. [10]

4% of the priests ordained in 2014 are African American.[11]

798 parishes are predominantly African American, 75 of which have African American pastors. Approximately 250 priests, 400 sisters, and 437 deacons are African American.[12]

Currently, there are 15 African American bishops. 8 active, 1 bishop-elect to be ordained (3/23/15), 6 retired.[13]


Native American Catholics

There are 2.9 million people who identify themselves as Native American or Alaskan Native; 536,601 or 18.3% are considered Catholic.[14]

Currently, there is one Native American bishop in active service in the United States: Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. of Philadelphia.[15]


Asian and Pacific Islander Catholics

Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders account for about 2.9 million or 19.1% of

The 15.2 million people of this race/ethnicity in the country. The U.S. Asian Pacific population with the largest number of Catholics is the Filipino community, followed by the Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian and Korean communities.[16]

11% of ordinands in 2014 are of Asian or Pacific Islander background.[17]

Currently, there are 7 Asian Pacific Islander Bishops, one of whom is retired.[18]


Catholic Parishes

Total number of parishes in the U.S: 17,900.There also are 591 pastoral centers and 2,619 missions. And 62 new parishes opened their doors in 2013. [19]

The average number of registered households in U.S. parishes is estimated at 1,168.[20]

More than 5,000 parishes or 29%, celebrate Mass in a language other than English. 81% of those Masses are in Spanish.[21]

About 40 % of all growth in parishioners in U.S. parishes from 2005-2010 was among Hispanics and Latinos.[22]

The average number of people attending Mass on a typical weekend at a Catholic parish remains at 24%.[23]

6,269 parishes, or about 35.5%, serve a particular racial, ethnic, cultural or linguistic community other than Euro-American white Catholics. About 70% serve Spanish speaking Catholics.[24]

At least 4,800 parishes or about 25% have Hispanic ministry.[25]

The estimated number of lay ecclesial ministers in the United States is approximately 38,000 (2.1 per parish).14% of these are vowed religious and 86% are other lay persons.[26]


Notes

[1] Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), Frequently Requested Catholic Church Statistics,

http://cara.georgetown.edu/CARAServices/requestedchurchstats.html(accessed on 1/27/15)

[2]The Official Catholic Directory 2014, (New Providence, N.J. P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 2014),General Summary.

[3] CARA, Frequently Requested Catholic Church Statistics,

[4] The Official Catholic Directory 2014, (New Providence, N.J. P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 2014),General Summary.

[5]CARA, Cultural Diversity in the Catholic Church in the United States, June 2014, p.8.

[6] Center of Applied Research in the Apostolate, The Class of 2014, Survey of Ordinands to the Priesthood.

[7]CARA, 1964 Blog, Diversification,http://nineteensixty-four.blogspot.com/2010/08/diversification.html accessed on 1/28/15.

[8] United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church. 2015.

[9]USCCB, Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church, as of 2/1/2015.

[10] CARA, Cultural Diversity in the Catholic Church in the United States, June 2014, p.8.

[11] Center of Applied Research in the Apostolate, The Class of 2014, Survey of Ordinands to the Priesthood.

[12]Our Sunday Visitor's, 2015 Catholic Almanac,P. 427.

[13]USCCB, Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church, as of 2/3/15.

[14]Boston College, CARA. "Hispanic Ministry in Catholic Parishes, 2014, p. 8.

[15]USCCB, Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church. 2015.

[16]CARA, Cultural Diversity in the Catholic Church in the United States, June 2014, p.8.

[17]Center of Applied Research in the Apostolate, The Class of 2014, Survey of Ordinands to the Priesthood, p.8.

[18]USCCB, Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church, as of 2/3/15.

[19] The Official Catholic Directory 2014, General Summary.

[20] CARA, Cultural Diversity in the Catholic Church in the United States, June 2014, p.5.

[21] Ibid. p.6

[22]Ibid.

[23]CARA, Frequently Requested Catholic Church Statistics.

[24]Boston College, CARA. "Hispanic Ministry in Catholic Parishes," 2014, p. 8

[25]USCCB, Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church. 2013.

[26]Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership Project. Executive Summary, p7, 2013.



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