Over 1,800 US parishes have closed since 1990
CWN - July 19, 2011
The number of Catholic parishes in the United States fell from 19,620 in 1990 to 17,784 in 2010--a drop of about 10%--according to a study conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
Over the same time span, the US Catholic population grew by nearly 50%, from 46 million to over 69 million.
The overall number of parishes in the US is now only slightly higher than the number in 1965 (17,637).
The average number of Sunday Masses at the typical US parish, according to the study, rose from 3.5 to 3.8 between 2000 and 2010, and average weekend Mass attendance rose from 966 to 1,110.
29% of parishes now have a regularly-scheduled Mass in a language other than English--up from 21% in 2000.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our March expenses ($28,324 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!