The Catholic University of America

Sept. 15, 2008

Statement on the Death of Dean Hoge

Dean R. Hoge, Ph.D. (1937-2008)
Professor Emeritus, Sociology

Dean Hoge

The Catholic University of America has lost a scholar, a colleague and a friend in the death of Dean Hoge. A graduate of the divinity and graduate schools of Harvard University, Dr. Hoge joined the faculty of CUA in 1974 where, for the last 34 years and even after his retirement from full-time service, his teaching and research earned him an outstanding reputation as one of the nation's pre-eminent experts in the sociology of religion. The director of the university's Life Cycle Institute from 1999 until 2004, Dean Hoge's name and work have been associated with some of the most significant national studies and research conducted on topics such as trends within the Catholic Church in our country, attitudes of Catholic clergy and Catholic youth toward the Church and religion, as well as the financing of religious organizations. Among his most recent works are three books, Evolving Visions of the Priesthood (co-authored with Jaqueline E. Wenger, 2003), Experiences of Priests Ordained Five to Nine Years (2006), and American Catholics Today (co-authored with William V. D'Antonio, James Davidson and Katherine Meyer, 2001). Dr. Hoge also published over 100 articles and chapters of books. Earlier this year, Dean Hoge was awarded the Pope John Paul II Seminary Leadership Award.

Born in 1937, Dr. Hoge was married and the father of two children. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and to his many friends. He died on September 13 after a valiant struggle with cancer. Memorial services are being planned.

It is difficult to imagine The Catholic University of America without Dean Hoge. His presence and remarkable scholarly work have been a fixture here for over three decades. Gentle and unassuming, Dean Hoge's kindness, respect for others and collaborative efforts leave a space that will be hard to fill. May the good Lord whom he served now welcome him home and embrace him with eternal love and peace. "Well-done, good and faithful servant."

Very Reverend David M. O'Connell, C.M.