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United States Catholic missioners.

There were 5,441 Catholic missioners from the United States serving abroad in 1992, according to the "Annual Report on U.S. Catholic Overseas Mission 1992-1993," published by the United States Catholic Mission Association. Counted in the survey are those who are, or have been, United States citizens by birth or naturalization, serving for at least one year outside the 48 contiguous states. Not included are overseas workers of Catholic Relief Services. Religious sisters represented the largest category of U.S. Catholic missioners overseas (41%), compared with religious priests (40%), brothers (8%), lay missioners (8%), and diocesan priests (3%).

The major sending groups are the Jesuits with 477, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers with 412, and the Maryknoll Sisters with 331 members serving abroad.

There are 1,286 serving in South America, 1,163 in Asia, 949 in Africa, 810 in Mexico and Central America, 512 in Oceania, 431 in the Caribbean, and 59 in the Middle East. The individual countries where the largest numbers are serving are Peru (387), Brazil (369), Mexico (296), the Philippines (276), Japan (247), and Kenya (233). Copies of the report may be ordered from USCMA, 3029 Fourth Street N.E., Washington, D.C. 20017. Cost: $6.00 postpaid.

Trends over the last thirty-two years may be seen from the following statistics on U.S. Catholic missioners:
YEAR NUMBER of YEAR NUMBER of YEAR NUMBER of
 MISSIONERS MISSIONERS MISSIONERS
1960 6612 1976 6942 1985 6026
1962 6994 1977 6718 1986 6007
1964 7969 1978 6558 1987 6020
1966 9102 1979 6405 1988 6013
1968 9447 1980 6343 1989 5950
1970 8283 1981 6281 1990 5702
1972 7840 1982 6201 1991 5565
1974 7317 1983 6298 1992 5441
1975 7083 1984 6094
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Publication:International Bulletin of Missionary Research
Date:Jan 1, 1993
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