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THE WNY CATHOLIC WAY: BY THE NUMBERS

1876: Total number of priests: 133

Number of churches

and chapels: 132

Catholic population (estimated): 110,000

1912:Priests: 351

Churches: 181

Parochial schools: 117

Parochial students: 32,781

Catholic population (estimated): 267,000

1926:Priests: 534

Churches: 214

Parochial schools: 163

Students: 54,006

Catholic population: 362,332

1945:Priests: 789

Sisters: 2,485 (first year figure is available)

Parishes: 237

Catholic schools (parochial, private and high schools): 175

Students: 46,106

Catholic population: 462,993

1955:Priests: 1,052

Sisters: 2,907

Parishes: 259

Catholic schools: 213

Students: 75,078

Catholic population: 710,563

1965:Priests: 1,202

Sisters: 3,520

Parishes: 268

Catholic schools: 231

Students: 99,161

Catholic population: 906,204

1975:Priests: 1,042

Sisters: 2,559

Parishes: 300

Catholic schools: 201

Students: 58,439

Catholic population: 923,392

1985:Priests: 943

Sisters: 2,046

Parishes: 296

Students: 37,860

Catholic schools: 149

Catholic population: 819,593

1995:Priests: 673

Sisters: 1,569

Parishes: 279

Students: 30,563

Catholic schools: 111

Catholic population 760,935

2005: Priests: 542

Sisters: 1,162

Parishes: 265

Students: 24,314

Catholic schools: 97

Catholic population: 702,884

Source: Catholic Diocese of Buffalo

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