Award-winning American Sociologist Dean Hoge

Dean HodgeDean Hoge (May 27, 1937 – September 13, 2008), one of the world’s leading experts in the field of the sociology of religion, was invited by the Pastoral Research Office to visit Australia in October 2006.

Professor Hoge, from the Catholic University of America, spent three decades researching American religion, producing 19 books and 100 scholarly articles. In 2003, he won the ‘Father Louis J. Luzbetak Award’ from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University. Dean Hoge was elected as the President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion in October 2007, a position he held until his death in September 2008.

During his visit to Australia, Dean drew on the findings of his studies to discuss topics such as young adult Catholics, how they are different, and what they think of the institutional Church; international priests serving in the USA, the debate about them, the problems and the possibilities; the priest shortage and our options for carrying out the mission of the Church; and trends in priestly life since the Second Vatican Council.

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Mission of the Church and Declining Clergy

Identity of Young Adult Catholics

International Priests in AustraliaIn a book published early in 2006, International Priests in America: Challenges and Opportunities, Professor Hoge examined the phenomenon of bringing in priests from developing countries to work in American parishes as priestly vocations in the US decline.

Director of the Pastoral Research Office, Dr Bob Dixon, said: “Dean’s research shows the Church is in a period of great transition and his studies of the clergy in the United States point to a changing face of the Church of the future, with a greater emphasis on the contribution of lay people.”

Bob added: “Our own research in Australia shows similar trends, and his expert findings will help us in Australia to focus on these very important issues.”

Further information:

National Catholic Reporter: ‘Survey of U.S. Catholics – American Catholics from John Paul II to Benedict XVI’.

Book Review: International Priests in America: Challenges and Opportunities

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Plain Talk about Churches and Money Pastors in Transition: Why Clergy Leave Local Church Ministry The First Five Years of the Priesthood: A Study of Newly Ordained Catholic Priests Converts, Dropouts, Returnees: A Study of Religious Change Among Catholics
The Next Generation of Pastoral Leaders: What the Church Needs to Know Evolving Visions Of The Priesthood: Changes from Vatican II to the Turn of the New Century Division in the Protestant house: The basic reasons behind intra-church conflicts Patterns of Parish Leadership: Cost and Effectiveness in Four Denominations
Future of Catholic Leadership: Responses to the Priest Shortage Vanishing Boundaries: The Religion of Mainline Protestant Baby Boomers Commitment on campus;: Changes in religion and values over five decades,