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                                                                                      Aug. 27, 2002

 

CUA Hosts Symposium on Priestly Identity in a Time of Crisis

 

Parish life, the priesthood, and reasons why Catholic clergymen may choose to leave it will be discussed in a Sept. 9, 2002, research symposium, entitled “Priestly Identity in a Time of Crisis: New Research on Catholic Clergy,” to be held from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Catholic University’s Life Cycle Institute building.

 

Sociologist Dean Hoge, director of CUA’s Life Cycle Institute and author of the new book, “The First Five Years of the Priesthood: A Study of Newly Ordained Catholic Priests,” will open a panel discussion on current research about the clergy. He will be joined by the Rev. Philip Murnion, of the National Pastoral Life Center in New York City, and Bryan Froehle, executive director of CARA (Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate), a Georgetown University center dedicated to social studies of the Catholic Church. 

 

The panel will discuss the findings of research about the priesthood launched in 1999.

                       

A response panel will be composed of Sister Katarina Schuth, holder of the Endowed Chair for Social Scientific Study of Religion at the University of St. Thomas divinity school and seminary in St. Paul, Minn.; Sister Sharon Euart, a canon lawyer from the Baltimore regional community of the Sisters of Mercy; and the Most Rev. George Lucas, bishop of the Springfield diocese in Illinois.

 

The symposium is sponsored by the Center for American Catholic Studies at CUA, the National Federation of Priests’ Councils, the National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Priestly Life, and Ministry and Pulpit and Pew, a research project on pastoral leadership based at Duke Divinity School. It is being held to reflect on several new research projects on priestly ministry.

 

Dean Hoge, who organized the event, is available to comment on the issues up for discussion and can also talk on the contents of his new book on the priesthood, published by The Liturgical Press in July 2002. The book explores the experience of early priesthood and is based on a nationwide survey of two groups — recently ordained priests who are active in service and those who have resigned.

 

 

MEDIA MUST REGISTER BY 5 P.M. ON SEPT. 8, 2002, TO BE GUARANTEED ACCESS TO THE SYMPOSIUM. CALL THE CUA OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS AT 202-319-5600 TO REGISTER OR OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION.

 

 

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