WASHINGTON — Close to 10% of those who took perpetual religious vows in the U.S. in 2013 said that educational debt delayed their application to religious orders or institutes, a new survey says.
The findings come in the annual report of Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), which were summarized by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Vowed religious had an average educational debt of $31,000 when they first applied to join their religious institute. Among the 10% of respondents whose debt delayed their application to an institute, their average delay was two years.
The study surveyed men and women religious who professed perpetual vows...READ MORE