There are approximately 18,500 permanent deacons in the United States
Approximately 80% (14,500) are active in ministry in the United States
Demographic Characteristics of Active Deacons
- 93% are married. 4% are widowers, and 2% have never married
- 94% are at least 50 years old.
- 26% are in their 50’s
- 43% are in their 60’s
- 25% are 70 or older
- 78% are non-Hispanic whites. 15% are Hispanic or Latino.
- 3% are African American
- 3% are Asian
60% have at least a college degree. ~10% have a graduate degree in a field related to religion or ministry.
78% of dioceses have plan for the placement and ministry of deacons.
88% of diocese have an active formation program
If not, 61% plan on establishing one within the next two years.