Survey finds campus ministry boosts Catholics' faith lives later
Participation in campus ministry programs increases the likelihood that students will consider a vocation to the priesthood, and plays a significant role in other aspects of Catholics' faith lives after college, according to a new study from the Centre for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University in Washington DC.
The study by CARA researchers Paul Perl and Bryan T. Froehle said campus ministry participation increased the frequency with which Catholics currently attend Mass, the level of involvement in parish and other religious activities and the likelihood that they had donated money to a parish or other church organisation.
Some of the differences were significantly larger for those who attended non-Catholic colleges than for those who attended Catholic schools.
CARA Campus Ministry Working Paper (PDF)
4 Jul 2002