The Catholic University of America

Nov. 18, 2008

Life Cycle Institute Receives $450,000 to Study Spirituality in Young Adults

The Life Cycle Institute at The Catholic University of America has received a $450,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. to investigate spirituality and religion in young adults.

Part of the grant will be used to conduct ethnographic interviews and focus groups as well as for case studies of successful models of relationships between young adults and churches. The rest of the grant will go toward compiling and analyzing the data from this research and to developing Web-based content that reports the data and provides an online forum for young adult ministries to exchange ideas.

The project was conceived by the late Dean Hoge, professor emeritus of sociology and a former Life Cycle Institute director.

Rev. Anthony J. Pogorelc, CUA adjunct assistant professor of sociology, Life Cycle Institute fellow and faculty member and director of pastoral formation and liturgy at Theological College, will be the principal investigator. Timothy Clydesdale, professor of sociology at the College of New Jersey, and Kathleen Garces-Foley, assistant professor of religious studies at Marymount University, also will participate in the project.

"Today's young adults are experiencing an amazing and reinvigorated spirituality," says Stephen Schneck, associate professor of politics and director of the Life Cycle Institute. "What's not clear, however, is what such spirituality means for traditional religious faiths. It is this question that motivates the research behind LCI's new study."

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 to support the causes of religion, education and community development, according to the foundation's Web site.


Founded in 1974 with a substantial endowment, the Life Cycle Institute at The Catholic University of America is a community of scholars and researchers engaged in the academic analysis of contemporary public policies that concern Catholic social thought.