One parish in Los Angeles county is run by a nun
but as Julie Rafferty points out, the decline in
the number of priests since the 1960s is almost
totally offset by the number of permanent deacons
according to a Georgetown University study at http://cara.georgetown.edu/bulletin/index.htm.
Founded in 1964, CARA is the Center for Applied
Research, a national, non-profit, Georgetown University
affiliated research center that conducts social
scientific studies about the Catholic Church. It
is another site worth a regular visit.
The National Pastoral Life Center at www.nplc.org
posts upcoming conferences, talks and other opportunities
(such as November’s Annual Parish Life Convention
in Ohio) to continue the Common Ground legacy of
Cardinal Bernardin. Their September quarterly newsletter
Initiative Report is now available as is
a copy of the full text of the Sixth Annual Lecture
delivered in June by John Allen, “Common Ground
in a Global Key.”
If you can access the September 10, 2004 issue
of Commonweal magazine, associate editor
Maurice Timothy Reidy’s essay on “Closing Catholic
Parishes – A painful process that could be done
better” is worthy reading. www.commonwealmagazine.org
Boston College, The Institute of Religious Education
and Pastoral Ministry at www.bc.edu/irepm
is bursting with opportunities including an on-line
program for credit! And be sure to check regularly
the Church in the 21st Century program at www.bc.edu/church21
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