The 2009 Official Catholic Kenedy Directory is out, and it contains some hopeful news. Among its statistics is the fact that there are 68.1 million Catholics in the U.S. That’s an increase of about 1 million from the previous year, making Catholics 22% of the U.S. population.
In 2008 there were 887,145 infant baptisms, 42,629 adult baptisms, and 81,775 baptized Christians who entered full communion with the Church.
Among the directory’s other findings, there are 41,489 diocesan and religious order priests, 60,715 religious sisters, 4,905 religious brothers and 16,935 permanent deacons. The Kenedy Directory lists 18,674 parishes, including 91 new parishes, and 189 seminaries with 4,973...READ MORE