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Monday, July 09, 2007

RC Conversions

The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University reports that over the past decade, approximately 1,543,230 adults (over age 7, according to the definition used by the Church) have been brought into the Catholic Church, either through adult baptism or through reception into full communion (if they were already baptized in another Christian tradition). We can safely assume that the vast majority of them were under the age of 35-40, since most adult converts are young adults. Here is the yearly breakdown of annual totals, as compiled from respective years of The Official Catholic Directory (each year represents the total reported for the previous calendar year):

1997 145431
1998 146897
1999 154338
2000 164584
2001 172581
2002 150876
2003 157276
2004 148728
2005 151512
2006 150007