USCCB Communications Issues ‘Catholic Church By The Numbers’ For Use By Media, Public

October 5, 2012 By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON—How many Catholics arethere in the United States? What was the total enrollment of Catholicelementary and high schools in the United States last year? How many people areserved by Catholic hospitals annually? The answers to these questions (77.7million, 2 million and 88.5 million, respectively) and many other facts andstatistics about the life of the Catholic Church in the United States arecompiled in a new guide, "The Catholic Church by the Numbers," issued by theOffice of Media Relations of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

"Many media inquiries are simplyrequests for statistics on the Catholic Church, such as number of priests orthe growth of the Hispanic population. This guide gathers it all in one helpfullocation," said Mercy Sister Mary Ann Walsh, USCCB director of Media Relations."This information is useful not only to media, but to teachers, scholars andanyone seeking a better understanding of the Catholic Church and the servicesCatholics provide."

"The Catholic Church by the Numbers"includes sections on bishops and dioceses, clergy and religious, laity andparishes, Catholic education, Catholic health care and social services,Catholic lay organizations and Church finances. The data was gathered fromsources including The Official CatholicDirectory, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), andorganizations involved in various aspects of the Church's work, such asCatholic Charities USA and the National Catholic Educational Association(NCEA).

All of the information is availableonline at:

Hard copies of the booklet can berequested by sending one's mailing address to Media Relation's email


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