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A series of maps produced by the Glenmary Research Center makes it easy for Catholics living anywhere in the United States to compare how their county of residence stacks up against the counties identified by Glenmary as having "high mission need."

Glenmary uses several criteria to define mission need—and to target counties for Glenmary to serve. In these counties...

  • frequently less than 1 percent of the population are Catholic.
  • 40 percent or more are unchurched.
  • the poverty rate is twice the national average.

A common question asked of Glenmarians and coworkers when they visit parishes to make mission appeals or set up displays at vocation and ministry fairs is this: "How does the county where I live (work/go to school) compare with the areas where Glenmary missioners serve?"

Many of Glenmary's maps have focused just on the area Glenmary defines as Mission Land, USA, they have not been helpful to those living in New England, the Midwest or California who wish to draw comparisons.

The maps in this 2007 series, according to researcher Clifford Grammich, hope to do just that. Grammich, who collected the Catholic data for Religious Congregations & Membership: 2000, compiled these maps for Glenmary. The series includes:

All maps are available as PDFs for free download and can be printed on 8.5-by-11-inch paper.