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

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!


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New Report Provides Portrait of Catechetical Ministry

In this newest report, we display the results of our 2013 national survey of diocesan directors of religious education, conducted in collaboration with Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.  Here you will learn about diocesan directors and their responsibilities and resources, as well as their perceptions of staffing and budget levels, programming, and catechetical concerns. Importantly, this report shows trends in each of these areas based on previous surveys of diocesan directors of religious education in 1998 and 2003.

The report also identifies key strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats affecting the future of catechetical ministry in the United States.  Interestingly, people are viewed as both the greatest strength (catechists’ dedication and commitment) and greatest weakness (catechists’ lack of training), highlighting the primary importance of human resources for formation.  Funding for catechesis at both the parish and diocesan levels also remains a central concern. If given an increased budget, directors indicate that they would use it to increase office staff and to invest in new technologies. 

This report is an essential read for bishops, pastors, catechists, liturgists, scholars, divinity students, and anyone with an interest in the future of Church life!

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.

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