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Typical new US religious: 39-year-old who prays Rosary, comes from large family

CWN - January 25, 2013

The typical religious who professed perpetual vows in 2012 is a 39-year-old cradle Catholic who regularly prayed the Rosary and took part in Eucharistic adoration before entering religious life, according to a survey released by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

508 (62%) of the major superiors of US religious institutes responded to the survey, which was conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). These 508 superiors reported that 156 men and women professed perpetual vows in 2012. Of the 156, 24 newly-professed brothers and 108 newly-professed sisters responded to the survey.

81% of the institutes reported no professions, while 5% report two or more newly-professed religious.

Among the survey’s findings:

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