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Church Profile: New York State

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The Church in New York State is as diverse and multicultural as any in the world, and contributes immensely to the spiritual life of the state, as well as being the largest non-governmental provider of health care, human services and education. Catholics represent the largest single religious faith in New York, numbering approximately 7.3 million out of a population of 18 million.

The Church in New York State is made up of eight dioceses, which are geographic areas under the spiritual leadership of a diocesan bishop. They are the Archdiocese of New York and the Dioceses of Albany, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Ogdensburg, Rochester, Syracuse and Rockville Centre.

Encompassing these eight dioceses are some 1,700 parishes, 800 elementary and secondary schools, 40 hospitals, 60 nursing homes, hundreds of Catholic Charities agencies and countless parish-based ministries. Some statistics on the work of the Church in New York State are below:

The Catholic Church has been educating children in New York State for more than 200 years, providing a quality, values-based education and hope for a brighter future to children regardless of income, race, ethnicity or religious beliefs.

  • 715 elementary schools
  • 129 high schools
  • 15,300 teachers
  • 301,000 pre-K, elementary, and secondary students
  • 457,900 Catholic public school students enrolled in parish catechetical programs

Human Services
The Catholic Charities statewide network serves persons of all faiths, colors and income categories through a multitude of agencies. More than 1.3 million individuals are provided help each year.

  • Shelter and housing... 15,600 people served
  • Food pantries and kitchens... 660,500 people served
  • Clothing... 22,700 people served
  • Adoption... 3,900 people served
  • Pregnancy care... 18,400 people served
  • Immigrant assistance... 14,000 people served
  • Social supports... 134,700 people served
  • Mental health and addiction counseling... 153,700 people served
  • Foster care... 29,800 people served
  • Care for the abused... 1,700 people served

Health Care
Catholic healthcare institutions provide holistic health services in an atmosphere of respect for the value and dignity of all human life, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable.

  • 40 hospitals (10, 900 beds)
  • 400,000 inpatient admissions
  • 1 million emergency room visits
  • 4.4 million outpatient visits
  • $268 million in uncompensated care
  • 61 nursing homes (10,400 beds)
  • 3.8 million resident days
  • 7 hospice programs -- 6,500 admissions
  • 22 certified home health agencies
  • 3 licensed home health agencies
  • 13 long-term home health care programs
  • 75,000 Medicaid and Child Health Plus enrollees in FidelisCare New York, the statewide Catholic managed care plan

Parish-Based Ministries
The Catholic parishes of New York State provide valuable ministries to countless New Yorkers in need every day.

  • Visits to those imprisoned, hospitalized and homebound
  • Food pantries and other emergency help
  • Assistance to those in need of shelter, utilities and clothing
  • Care for pregnant women and their children
  • Hospice volunteers
  • Resettlement assistance for refugees
  • Job banks and employment programs
  • Bereavement support groups
  • Legislative advocacy
  • Voter education and registration
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