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NATIONAL BLACK CATHOLIC CONGRESS RELEASES
"NATIONAL BLACK CATHOLIC SURVEY"

2011 National Black Catholic Survey

For more information about the survey, an executive summary can be found by clicking on the links below.

2011 National Black Catholic Survey: Executive Summary- Key Findings

2011 National Black Catholic Survey : Highlights

NBCC Congress XI Quick Facts

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The National Black Catholic Congress, Inc. (NBCC) released an unprecedented national study of African American Catholics.

The study, commissioned by NBCC in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame's Institute of Church Life and the Office of the President. Notre Dame social scientists Dr. Darren W. Davis and Dr. Donald B. Pope-Davis co-authored the report.

The NBCC aims to use this survey to better serve African-American Catholics and their religious needs.

The data from the study will be used by the National Black Catholic Congress as it prepares to develop its five-year plan for pastoral priorities at the meeting in Indianapolis July 19-21, 2012. About a thousand participants are expected to attend the national convention.

According to Bishop John H. Ricard, president of NBCC, "The study includes important findings about African American Catholics today. It also provides direction for setting pastoral priorities nationally and also in dioceses and parishes. The survey is a superb resource for improving evangelization efforts."

"Close to 900 Black Catholics were surveyed which makes this a historic study," said Dr. Darren Davis. "African Americans in general are rarely surveyed and traditionally aren't studied. This survey is the first of its kind and the largest sampling of African-American Catholics in academic history."

The survey was conducted July 7, 2011- August 1, 2011, and the report was presented to the NBCC board on November 11, 2011.

The survey compares the religious life of African-American Catholics, white Catholics, African-American Protestants and white Protestants. Areas examined were parish engagement, reasons of faith and satisfaction with the Church.

NBCC President Interview with the Media

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For additional information, contact Daniel Medinger, NBCC Media Representative, 410-740-5077.

The National Black Catholic Congress, Inc. is an umbrella of support for organizations that share the same purpose of providing spiritual guidance to African- American Roman Catholics. They represent African- American Roman Catholics for the purpose of the evangelization of African Americans, and are committed to the freedom and growth of African Americans as full participants in church and society.

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The project was done in collaboration with UND and supported by the generous operational funding that NBCC receives from the Lilly Endowment.

 

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