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9780190645168

Catholic Parishes of the 21st Century

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  • ISBN13:

    9780190645168

  • ISBN10:

    0190645164

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2017-02-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

A seminal moment in the study of U.S. Catholic parish life came in the 1980s with the publication of a series of reports from the ground-breaking Notre Dame Study of Catholic Parish Life. These reports are now badly outdated, as Catholic dioceses grapple with new challenges that didn't exist in the 80s. Topics that were not considered then, like greater Catholic mobility, increased cultural diversity, and structural re-organization as well as the rise of lay leadership, have attained new significance.

This timely book, based on more than a decade of research, provides an in-depth portrait and analysis of the current state of parish life and leadership. Unique in the scope of the research and the timeliness of its findings, the book critically examines the current state of parish life. The authors draw on data from national polls of Catholics, national surveys of parishes, and thousands of in-pew surveys which explore parishioners' needs, experiences, and satisfaction with parish life in the twenty-first century. The book provides a unique 360-degree view of parish life from the perspective of pastors, parish staff, parishioners, as well as the larger Catholic population.

Author Biography


Charles Zech is a professor of economics in the Villanova University School of Business and the Director of Villanova's Center for Church Management. He is the author or co-author of over 50 articles and 12 books on the topic of church management.

Mary L. Gautier, Ph.D., is a sociologist and senior research associate at CARA. She specializes in Catholic demographic trends in the United States. She edits The CARA Report, and is the co-author of eight books on Catholicism.

Mark M. Gray is the Director of CARA Catholic Polls and a Senior Research Associate at CARA. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and a M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. He teaches in Georgetown University's Catholic Studies and Liberal Studies programs.

Jonathan Wiggins is a CARA researcher whose primary focus is helping parishes to plan for the future through Parish Life Surveys. He teaches part-time at Georgetown University, where he once served as a chaplain-in-residence.

Thomas P. Gaunt, S.J. is the Executive Director of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). Prior to CARA, he served in Jesuit governance as the Socius/Executive Secretary of the Jesuit Conference for nine years and the Formation and Studies Director of the Maryland and New York Jesuits for seven years.

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