Catholic Social and Pastoral Research Initiative

Welcome to the Catholic Social and Pastoral Research Initiative!  Here, you can check out our latest reports and stay up to date with CSPRI news, whether it's new posts at our blog The Catholic Conversation or what we're currently reading in our Catholic Social Teaching Reading Group.

The Catholic Conversation

New post alert!

April 14, 2013 - Sr. Cristina's performance on Italy's The Voice has been viewed over 44 million times.  See the video and our reflection on how her performance relates to Pope Francis' Evangelii Gaudium here.  We'd love to hear your thoughts!


CSPRI Reading Group

Interested in learning more about Catholic Social Teaching from a sociological perspective? Don't miss our next weekly meeting:

Date: Friday, TBA

Time: 9:00 am - 9:45 am

Location: 300 Geddes Hall

At our next meeting, we'll be discussing paragraphs 122-134 of Evangelii Gaudium. Joy!

Coffee and tea will be provided. 

RSVPs are appreciated, but not required. Newcomers are ALWAYS welcome! 


A Profile of Diocesan Directors of Religious Education



Living Mystery Report Cover

In the fall of 2013, the Notre Dame Institute for Church Life in conjunction with Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology contacted 179 diocesan offices in the U.S. and the U.S. Virgin Islands, inviting diocesan directors of religious education to participate in an online survey.

The purpose of this report is to provide a profile of diocesan offices, their resources, and their staffing, as well as to identify key perceived strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that currently surround the catechetical ministry. Throughout this report, we compare the current situation to that of U.S. diocesan offices in 1998 and 2003, as reported in two previous surveys of diocesan directors of religious education.

To access this report as a pdf, simply click on the report cover. Other CSPRI reports can be accessed here.




In partnership with Christian Smith and the Center for the Study of Religion and Society, CSPRI is dedicated to social science research on and for the benefit of the Catholic Church, especially in its efforts toward education, re-evangelization, and faith formation.

For more information, contact:



Brian Starks, Director
303 Geddes Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556-4633