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Vocations and Student Loan Debt Study Underway

By Melissa Uzelac | December 16, 2023

The Labouré Society has partnered with CARA (Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate) at Georgetown University to conduct a study on Vocations and Student Loan Debt. Both diocesan and religious institute vocation directors were surveyed on the impact of education debt for those discerning vocations as priests or religious.

“The last such comprehensive study was conducted a dozen years ago,” shares Labouré Executive Director John Flanagan. “There have been other vocation-related surveys and studies, but none as comprehensive in this particular area of how student loan debt is impacting religious vocations. We look forward to sharing the results and implications of this study far and wide, so that as a Church community we might come together to best address solutions that empower those seeking to enter formation as Catholic priests, sisters and brothers.”

Results of the study are expected in Spring of 2024.

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