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Number of permanent deacon candidates in US has declined 16% in past 7 years

August 02, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: Between 1975 and 2017, the number of permanent deacons in the US rose from 898 to 18,287; during the same time period, the number of priests (58,909 to 37,181) and religious sisters (135,205 to 45,605) both fell. The number of deacon candidates, however, has fallen 16% from its record high seven years ago.

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