US: number of religious sisters declines by over 2,000 in one year : News Headlines – Catholic Culture

The number of religious sisters in the United States fell from 57,113 to 55,045 in a one-year period, according to data in the 2011 and 2012 editions of The Official Catholic Directory.

During the same period:

the number of priests fell slightly from 40,271 to 40,203 the number of seminarians fell from 5,247 to 5,015, with most of the decline occurring among religious-order (and not diocesan) seminarians the number of religious brothers fell from 4,650 to 4,518 the number of permanent deacons rose from 17,436 to 17,816

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