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More than a third of U.S. parishes multicultural, notes CARA study

 
October 9, 2013
Membership of Hispanics in Church growing, at 38 percent
Non-Hispanic whites still majority at 54 percent of national Catholic population
Five percent Asian or Pacific Islander
WASHINGTON—The percentage of multicultural parishes in the U.S is on the increase, according research by the Georgetown University-based Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).

CARA located parishes that self-identify as serving or are known to serve racial, ethnic, cultural, and/or linguistic groups in the nation to create the first comprehensive listing and mapping of multicultural parishes.

This research was commissioned by the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop (USCCB). The study can be found at www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/cultural-diversity/upload/cultural-diversity-cara-report-phase-1.pdf

CARA estimates there are approximately 6,700 multicultural parishes in the United States, many located in the South and West. The Official Catholic Directory lists more than 17,400 parishes in the country. In a second phase of this study, CARA will conduct in-pew surveys of parishioners in a national random sample of these parishes.

CARA’s research on multicultural parishes has found these to be, on average, larger than parishes in general. Multicultural parishes average 1,445 registered households, compared to 1,168 for parishes in general. Overall, about three in ten U.S. parishes (29 percent or 5,000) celebrate at least one Mass a month in a language other than English or Latin.

Nationally, CARA estimates that:

•  Approximately 42.5 million U.S. residents who self-identify as non-Hispanic white are Catholic, which represents 22 percent of people in the nation of this race and ethnicity.
•  Some 29.7 million U.S. residents who self-identify as Hispanic or Latino are estimated to be Catholic, representing about 59 percent of the 50.5 million people of this race and ethnicity in the country.
•  Approximately 3.6 million U.S. residents who self-identify as Asian, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander are estimated to be Catholic, representing about 20 percent of this race and ethnicity in this country.
•  Approximately 2.9 million U.S. residents who self-identify as black, African American, African or Afro-Caribbean are estimated to be Catholic, representing about 8 percent of the 38.9 million people of this race and ethnicity in the U.S.
•  Some 535,500 U.S. residents who self-identify as American Indian or Alaskan Native are estimated to be Catholic, representing about 18 percent of the 2.9 million people of this race and ethnicity in this country.

Arch/dioceses with an estimated 90,000-plus Black/African American/African Catholics include Atlanta,; Brooklyn, New York; Los Angeles and New York.

Arch/dioceses with an estimated 90,000-plus Asian/Pacific Islander Catholics include Brooklyn, Honolulu, Seattle, and six arch/dioceses in California: Los Angeles, Oakland, Orange, Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Jose.

Arch/dioceses with an estimated 90,000-plus Hispanic/Latino Catholics include Allentown, Pennsylvania; Arlington, Virginia; Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boise, Idaho; Boston; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Brooklyn; Brownsville, Texas; Camden, New Jersey; Charleston, South Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago; Corpus Christi, Texas; Dallas; Denver; El Paso, Texas; Fort Worth, Texas; Fresno, California; Galveston-Houston; Hartford, Connecticut; Joliet, Illinois; Laredo, Texas; Las Cruces, New Mexico; Las Vegas,; Little Rock, Arkansas; Los Angeles; Lubbock, Texas; Metuchen, New Jersey; Miami; Milwaukee; Monterey, California; New York, Newark, New Jersey; Oakland; Oklahoma City; Orange; Orlando, Florida; Palm Beach, Florida; Paterson, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Phoenix; Portland, Oregon; Pueblo, Colorado; Raleigh, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; Rockford, Illinois; Rockville Centre, New York; Sacramento; Salt Lake City; San Angelo, Texas; San Antonio; San Bernardino, California; San Diego, San Francisco; San Jose, California; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Santa Rosa, California; Seattle; St. Paul and Minneapolis; St. Petersburg, Florida; Stockton, California; Trenton, New Jersey; Tucson, Arizona; Tyler, Texas; Venice, Florida; Washington; and Yakima, Washington.
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Keywords: Hispanic, Pacific Islander, Native American, African American, African, Caribbean, UCCB, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cultural Diversity, CARA, Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, Catholic, Asian, Philippines

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