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Most permanent deacons in active ministry are married
Number of permanent deacons on the rise
WASHINGTON—A national survey of permanent diaconate offices in Catholic dioceses in the United States found that one-quarter of active permanent deacons (28 percent) have a graduate degree. Given that the diaconate is a ministry of service and charity, the vast majority of deacons are not paid for their ministry. Even still, their number continues to rise and they stay active for a very long time.
The study, which was commissioned by the Secretariat of Clergy and Consecrated Life and Vocations of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, was conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University.
Some of the findings related to permanent deacons in active ministry include:
Of the 194 Catholic dioceses contacted, all U.S. dioceses and Eastern Rite eparchies except for the Archdiocese of Military Services, 106 responded to the CARA survey for a 55 percent completion rate. In cases where a non-responding diocese or eparchy had supplied diaconate information in a previous year of data collection, the most recent prior information was used, bringing the total of responding diaconate offices to 180, or 93 percent of all dioceses/eparchies. At the request of the USCCB, CARA has conducted this survey annually since 2005.
The CARA study “A Portrait of the Permanent Diaconate 2010” can be found on the USCCB Secretariat of Clergy and Consecrated Life and Vocations’ Web site at http://www.usccb.org/cclv/.
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