March 15, 2007

Catholic Church the Fastest-Growing Church in the U.S.

[Click on the image to see a larger, clearer version.]

In 2005, the Catholic Church in the U.S. grew to 69.1 million members, making it the fastest-growing church in the country. The Assembly of God is in second place, and the Mormons are in third.

According to the 2007 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches, in 2005:
the Catholic Church grew by 1.94 percent;
Assembly of God membership grew by 1.86 percent;
Mormons grew by 1.63 percent.


Anonymous Bob Farrell said...

How much of the increase can be attributed to conversion and how much can be attributed to immigration?

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Father, I love the "We are Catholics" picture--does it come as a poster? Do you know where I could get one?

8:36 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Bob, I don't know.

Tara, I assembled it months ago on some website that allows you to make posters. I suppose you could download the larger version of the picture I posted and have someone print it as a "photograph" on photographic paper. Then you might have something suitable for framing.

8:51 PM  
Anonymous Eve Marie said...

Dear Father Stephanos,

I have a couple questions about this article.

One: Which parts of the United States have seen the most growth in the Church?

Maybe this is actually a comment rather than a question. I've met/noticed many former Catholics who have become evangelical protestant of various varieties. Is the reason that Evangelical Protestant Christianity is not among the the top of the list is because they are counted separate vs as a whole group? I would imagine if you took fundamental(sp) evangelical protestants as a whole, the amount of growth would compare to Catholic, Morman and Assembly of God. What are your thoughts on that?

Eve Marie :)

4:48 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

It would seem that the evangelical communities are not easily classified as a single denomination, many being at great odds with each other.

You should find the following map quite interesting.

7:29 PM  

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