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For immediate release
April 27, 2004
Contact: Laura Cavender
202-687-4328
lsc6@georgetown.edu
CARA Names Sister Mary Bendyna Executive Director

Washington, DC -- Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) has named Sister Mary E. Bendyna, RSM, Ph.D. as its executive director after a national search led by Fr. Michael Garanzini, president of Loyola University Chicago. Bendyna has been a senior research associate at CARA and served as the Center's interim director since July, and is the first woman and first woman religious to serve as CARA's director.

"Sister Mary brings a wealth of talent and experience to this position," said Bishop John J. Leibrecht, chair of CARA's Board of Directors. "CARA is in good hands with an outstanding staff and excellent leadership."

Bendyna is a member of the Buffalo regional community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and holds a Ph.D. in government from Georgetown University. At CARA, she specializes in questionnaire design, focus group facilitation, and statistical analysis, with emphasis on attitudinal and cultural research. She has led numerous studies on religious life, ministry, and faith formation and has also continued her studies of the political attitudes and behaviors of American Catholics, which was the subject of her doctoral dissertation. In addition to her research and director responsibilities at CARA, she also serves as a chaplain in residence at Georgetown University.

About the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA)

The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) is a non-profit, independent and non-partisan research institution at Georgetown University. CARA researchers conduct applied social scientific research related to the Catholic Church in the United States. CARA was created in 1964 and has been affiliated with Georgetown University since 1989. For more information about CARA visit: http://cara.georgetown.edu/

About Georgetown University

Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in America, founded in 1789 by Archbishop John Carroll. Georgetown today is a major student-centered, international, research university offering respected undergraduate, graduate and professional programs on its three campuses. For more information about Georgetown University, visit www.georgetown.edu.

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