Friday, February 29, 2008

Catholics in America

The Pew Forum recently released its survey based on interviews with 35,000 adults last year. The “U.S. Religious Landscape Survey” showed that more than a quarter of Americans have either changed religious affiliations or claim no formal religion at all. The Catholic Church in our country has also been greatly affected by all of this changing but immigrating Catholics have kept us as a quarter of the American population. The study is very significant and shows the need for a renewed effort at the new evangelization that Pope John Paul II called us to. We have to strengthen our own Catholics in the faith.
The above map is also a reflection of where Catholics live in our country. I think it's pretty interesting how our Salesian Houses tend to be located in the most Catholic regions of the country. We in our province are mostly located in the Northeast with some presence in Chicago, Columbus, New Orleans, Tampa/St. Pete and Belle Glade, Florda. Being a Southerner I have to admit that I hope we move with the Catholic population to regions that we may not have been in before. The lighter states on the map don't hold a heavy Catholic population today... but it is growing. Maybe one day Don Bosco's Charism will reach the heart of Dixie in Memphis, Atlanta, or Charlotte. Something to pray for!

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