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Demographics

 
  • There are 3 million African American Catholics in the United States.

  • Of Roman Catholic parishes in the United States, 798 are considered to be predominantly African American. Most of those continue to be on the East Coast and in the South. Further west of the Mississippi River, African American Catholics are more likely to be immersed in multicultural parishes as opposed to predominantly African American parishes.

  • About 76% of African American Catholics are in diverse or shared parishes and 24% are in predominately African American parishes.
  • At present there are 15 living African American bishops, of whom 8 remain active.

  • Currently, six U.S. dioceses are headed by African American bishops.

  • There are 250 African American priests and 437 deacons in the United States. 75 men of African descent are in seminary formation for the priesthood.

  • There are 400 African American religious sisters and 50 religious brothers.

  • The Black population in the United States is estimated to be just over 36 million people (13% of the total U.S. population).

  • By the year 2050, the Black population is expected to almost double its present size to 62 million, and it will increase its percentage of the population to 16%.

Sources: www.uspapalvisit.org/backgrounders/african_american.htm
The Catholic Church: By the Numbers, USCCB Office of Media Relations (2012)
Updated: April 2014



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