Parish Background Behind Priestly Vocations: Pastors' Survey, 1998

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All frequencies are raw numbers (no weights used).
1) How important are the following in the lives of those seriously considering a vocation to the priesthood today -- Experience of God's call. (VOCDEC1)
TOTAL%
1) Not important80.8
2) Somewhat important626.4
3) Important26026.7
4) Very important54556.0
5) Unsure9910.2
Missing38 
TOTAL974100.0
2) How important are the following in the lives of those seriously considering a vocation to the priesthood today -- Desire to help others. (VOCDEC2)
TOTAL%
1) Not important40.4
2) Somewhat important343.4
3) Important24825.1
4) Very important63264.0
5) Unsure707.1
Missing24 
TOTAL988100.0
3) How important are the following in the lives of those seriously considering a vocation to the priesthood today -- Desire for priesthood. (VOCDEC3)
TOTAL%
1) Not important80.8
2) Somewhat important747.5
3) Important27928.4
4) Very important54555.6
5) Unsure757.6
Missing31 
TOTAL981100.0
4) How important are the following in the lives of those seriously considering a vocation to the priesthood today -- Love of the Eucharist. (VOCDEC4)
TOTAL%
1) Not important90.9
2) Somewhat important545.5
3) Important24524.8
4) Very important60361.1
5) Unsure767.7
Missing25 
TOTAL987100.0
5) How important are the following in the lives of those seriously considering a vocation to the priesthood today -- Attraction to prayer and spirituality. (VOCDEC5)
TOTAL%
1) Not important50.5
2) Somewhat important626.3
3) Important33834.4
4) Very important51652.5
5) Unsure616.2
Missing30 
TOTAL982100.0
6) How important are the following in the lives of those seriously considering a vocation to the priesthood today -- Past experience in Church ministry, Mass roles. (VOCDEC6)
TOTAL%
1) Not important606.1
2) Somewhat important30531.0
3) Important38939.6
4) Very important17617.9
5) Unsure535.4
Missing29 
TOTAL983100.0
7) How important are the following in the lives of those seriously considering a vocation to the priesthood today -- Past experience in volunteer opportunities. (VOCDEC7)
TOTAL%
1) Not important424.3
2) Somewhat important32433.0
3) Important40441.2
4) Very important15615.9
5) Unsure555.6
Missing31 
TOTAL981100.0
8) How important are the following in the lives of those seriously considering a vocation to the priesthood today -- Sense of moral obligation to pursue a vocation. (VOCDEC8)
TOTAL%
1) Not important11712.0
2) Somewhat important27828.4
3) Important31532.2
4) Very important18418.8
5) Unsure858.7
Missing33 
TOTAL979100.0
9) How important are the following in the lives of those seriously considering a vocation to the priesthood today -- Example of a priest in the family. (VOCDEC9)
TOTAL%
1) Not important27728.4
2) Somewhat important29029.7
3) Important20020.5
4) Very important12212.5
5) Unsure868.8
Missing37 
TOTAL975100.0
10) How important are the following in the lives of those seriously considering a vocation to the priesthood today -- Example of a priest they know. (VOCDEC10)
TOTAL%
1) Not important191.9
2) Somewhat important13713.9
3) Important36537.1
4) Very important40040.6
5) Unsure646.5
Missing27 
TOTAL985100.0
11) How important are the following in the lives of those seriously considering a vocation to the priesthood today -- Personal invitation by a priest. (VOCDEC11)
TOTAL%
1) Not important363.7
2) Somewhat important16917.2
3) Important35135.6
4) Very important35235.7
5) Unsure777.8
Missing27 
TOTAL985100.0
12) How important are the following in the lives of those seriously considering a vocation to the priesthood today -- Encouragement by a religious sister or brother. (VOCDEC12)
TOTAL%
1) Not important656.6
2) Somewhat important22523.0
3) Important36837.6
4) Very important23724.2
5) Unsure858.7
Missing32 
TOTAL980100.0
13) How important are the following in the lives of those seriously considering a vocation to the priesthood today -- Family encouragement. (VOCDEC13)
TOTAL%
1) Not important434.4
2) Somewhat important12512.7
3) Important33033.5
4) Very important41442.0
5) Unsure747.5
Missing26 
TOTAL986100.0
14) How important are the following in the lives of those seriously considering a vocation to the priesthood today -- Encouragement by another important person in their lives (teacher, peer, etc.). (VOCDEC14)
TOTAL%
1) Not important252.5
2) Somewhat important15015.2
3) Important40641.2
4) Very important33734.2
5) Unsure676.8
Missing27 
TOTAL985100.0
15) Please react to the following statements -- Families in our parish move frequently and often belong to the parish only a few years. (PFMOVE)
TOTAL%
1) Very inaccurate17417.5
2) Inaccurate45345.4
3) Accurate26626.7
4) Very accurate828.2
5) Unsure222.2
Missing15 
TOTAL997100.0
16) Please react to the following statements -- Compared to other parishes in the diocese, we have relatively fewer groups and volunteers. (FEWGRPV)
TOTAL%
1) Very inaccurate30830.7
2) Inaccurate38638.4
3) Accurate18918.8
4) Very accurate939.3
5) Unsure282.8
Missing8 
TOTAL1004100.0
17) Please react to the following statements -- Our neighborhood is relatively stable. (HOODSTBL)
TOTAL%
1) Very inaccurate555.5
2) Inaccurate16516.4
3) Accurate54754.4
4) Very accurate21621.5
5) Unsure222.2
Missing7 
TOTAL1005100.0
18) Please react to the following statements -- This parish has a strong sense of community. (STCOMM)
TOTAL%
1) Very inaccurate242.4
2) Inaccurate13313.3
3) Accurate46045.9
4) Very accurate35735.6
5) Unsure292.9
Missing9 
TOTAL1003100.0
19) Please react to the following statements -- We have more funerals than baptisms. (FUNBAP)
TOTAL%
1) Very inaccurate34234.2
2) Inaccurate37437.4
3) Accurate13213.2
4) Very accurate13013.0
5) Unsure212.1
Missing13 
TOTAL999100.0
20) Please react to the following statements -- Most parishioners join in the responses and singing at Mass. (PARPART)
TOTAL%
1) Very inaccurate313.1
2) Inaccurate14914.8
3) Accurate57457.1
4) Very accurate24124.0
5) Unsure101.0
Missing7 
TOTAL1005100.0
21) Please react to the following statements -- I feel a sense of support from my parishioners. (PARSUPP)
TOTAL%
1) Very inaccurate262.6
2) Inaccurate515.1
3) Accurate40740.4
4) Very accurate49649.2
5) Unsure282.8
Missing4 
TOTAL1008100.0
22) Please react to the following statements -- I feel a strong sense of vocation to priesthood. (VOCSENSE)
TOTAL%
1) Very inaccurate191.9
2) Inaccurate414.1
3) Accurate22923.0
4) Very accurate65766.0
5) Unsure505.0
Missing16 
TOTAL996100.0
23) Please react to the following statements -- My fellow priests provide spiritual support. (FPSUPPRT)
TOTAL%
1) Very inaccurate656.5
2) Inaccurate13313.3
3) Accurate47647.6
4) Very accurate30530.5
5) Unsure202.0
Missing13 
TOTAL999100.0
24) Please react to the following statements -- I do not feel I can do much to increase vocations. (DINCVOC)
TOTAL%
1) Very inaccurate21821.7
2) Inaccurate43142.8
3) Accurate25325.1
4) Very accurate575.7
5) Unsure474.7
Missing6 
TOTAL1006100.0
25) Please react to the following statements -- My spiritual life has deepened in recent years. (SPLDEEP)
TOTAL%
1) Very inaccurate141.4
2) Inaccurate797.8
3) Accurate46045.6
4) Very accurate40740.4
5) Unsure484.8
Missing4 
TOTAL1008100.0
26) In the past 20 years, has the parish you serve had these -- At least one parochial vicar/associate pastor. (HADVASC)
TOTAL%
1) No34834.7
2) Yes, but not recently21721.6
3) Most of this time39239.1
4) Only recently404.0
5) Unknown60.6
Missing9 
TOTAL1003100.0
27) In the past 20 years, has the parish you serve had these -- A parish elementary school. (PARELEM)
TOTAL%
1) No43543.5
2) Yes, but not recently10910.9
3) Most of this time42842.8
4) Only recently282.8
5) Unknown10.1
Missing11 
TOTAL1001100.0
28) In the past 20 years, has the parish you serve had these -- A religious priest as pastor, associate, or both. (PRPAST)
TOTAL%
1) No63563.1
2) Yes, but not recently939.2
3) Most of this time20820.7
4) Only recently656.5
5) Unknown50.5
Missing6 
TOTAL1006100.0
29) In the past 20 years, has the parish you serve had these -- A parish youth group. (PARYGRP)
TOTAL%
1) No10510.5
2) Yes, but not recently15315.3
3) Most of this time57857.7
4) Only recently15415.4
5) Unknown111.1
Missing11 
TOTAL1001100.0
30) In the past 20 years, has the parish you serve had these -- Opportunities for young people to participate in Mass roles (lector, choir, planning, etc.). (YPARTIC)
TOTAL%
1) No484.8
2) Yes, but not recently646.4
3) Most of this time66065.5
4) Only recently22622.4
5) Unknown90.9
Missing5 
TOTAL1007100.0
31) In the past 20 years, has the parish you serve had these -- Regular Marian devotions (rosary, etc.). (MERDEV)
TOTAL%
1) No13113.0
2) Yes, but not recently808.0
3) Most of this time70169.7
4) Only recently717.1
5) Unknown232.3
Missing6 
TOTAL1006100.0
32) In the past 20 years, has the parish you serve had these -- Special Eucharistic devotions like Forty Hours, Holy Hours, or Benediction. (EUCHDEV)
TOTAL%
1) No15615.5
2) Yes, but not recently14214.1
3) Most of this time53052.7
4) Only recently15215.1
5) Unknown262.6
Missing6 
TOTAL1006100.0
33) In the past 20 years, has the parish you serve had these -- Parish sponsored service projects for youth and young adults. (SPROJ)
TOTAL%
1) No12912.8
2) Yes, but not recently11611.5
3) Most of this time55755.4
4) Only recently16716.6
5) Unknown373.7
Missing6 
TOTAL1006100.0
34) In the past 20 years, has the parish you serve had these -- Bible study for youth and young adults. (BIBSTDY)
TOTAL%
1) No34334.1
2) Yes, but not recently15215.1
3) Most of this time30930.7
4) Only recently15215.1
5) Unknown505.0
Missing6 
TOTAL1006100.0
35) How often do you have the opportunity to -- Have meals with families in your parish. (MEALSTOG)
TOTAL%
1) Rarely or never42942.5
2) Somewhat frequently37737.3
3) Frequently15915.7
4) Very frequently454.5
Missing2 
TOTAL1010100.0
36) How often do you have the opportunity to -- Work with a parish youth group. (WWYOUTH)
TOTAL%
1) Rarely or never27727.4
2) Somewhat frequently41541.0
3) Frequently23823.5
4) Very frequently818.0
Missing1 
TOTAL1011100.0
37) How often do you have the opportunity to -- Help teach or visit classes in the parish religious education program or school. (TEACHED)
TOTAL%
1) Rarely or never17016.9
2) Somewhat frequently32131.9
3) Frequently29429.2
4) Very frequently22122.0
Missing6 
TOTAL1006100.0
38) How often do you have the opportunity to -- Get to know the young people serving Mass. (MASSACQ)
TOTAL%
1) Rarely or never424.2
2) Somewhat frequently15815.7
3) Frequently40840.6
4) Very frequently39839.6
Missing6 
TOTAL1006100.0
39) How often do you have the opportunity to -- Preach about priesthood during Mass. (PRSTPRCH)
TOTAL%
1) Rarely or never24924.8
2) Somewhat frequently48047.7
3) Frequently21921.8
4) Very frequently585.8
Missing6 
TOTAL1006100.0
40) How often do you have the opportunity to -- Speak about priesthood with parishioners. (SPPRST)
TOTAL%
1) Rarely or never15615.5
2) Somewhat frequently45645.2
3) Frequently30830.6
4) Very frequently888.7
Missing4 
TOTAL1008100.0
41) How often do you have the opportunity to -- Personally invite others to consider a vocations as priest. (INVVOC)
TOTAL%
1) Rarely or never25825.8
2) Somewhat frequently41341.3
3) Frequently23623.6
4) Very frequently949.4
Missing11 
TOTAL1001100.0
42) How often do you have the opportunity to -- Join with parish youth or young adults in a parish sponsored service project. (JSPSERV)
TOTAL%
1) Rarely or never44544.1
2) Somewhat frequently32832.5
3) Frequently17917.7
4) Very frequently575.6
Missing3 
TOTAL1009100.0
43) What one quality do those seriously considering the priesthood most look for in you as a priest? (QUALRECR)
TOTAL%
1) Approachable30234.3
2) Enthusiastic10612.0
3) Prayerful11312.8
4) Well-informed70.8
5) Compassionate13815.7
6) Dedicated21424.3
Missing132 
TOTAL880100.0
44) What best describes most of your parishioners? (PARCLASS)
TOTAL%
1) Poor515.1
2) Lower-middle class25725.9
3) Middle class60260.7
4) Affluent828.3
Missing20 
TOTAL992100.0
45) What is your parish location? (PARLOCAT)
TOTAL%
1) Rural18218.3
2) Small town/city31131.2
3) Suburb25525.6
4) Urban24824.9
Missing16 
TOTAL996100.0
46) What best describes your parishioners? (PARRACE)
TOTAL%
1) White80886.6
2) Black242.6
3) Hispanic646.9
4) Other374.0
Missing79 
TOTAL933100.0
47) About how many families are in your parish? (NUMFAM)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10051061.9711008
48) Approximately how many individuals attend Mass at your parish on a typical weekend? (NUMATTND)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL9911271.8371267
49) Number of paid lay ministers, including part-time? (NUMMIN)
TOTAL%
0) 25426.2
1) 14114.5
2) 12813.2
3) 10711.0
4) 889.1
5) 656.7
6) 353.6
7) 171.8
8) 232.4
9) 151.5
10) 212.2
11) 60.6
12) 131.3
13) 20.2
14) 80.8
15) 10.1
16) 10.1
17) 20.2
18) 10.1
20) 111.1
22) 10.1
23) 20.2
25) 40.4
30) 30.3
31) 20.2
32) 10.1
36) 20.2
40) 40.4
43) 10.1
44) 10.1
47) 10.1
50) 30.3
55) 10.1
58) 10.1
65) 10.1
70) 10.1
80) 10.1
108) 10.1
Missing42 
TOTAL970100.0
50) The 2 letter abbreviation for your home state [Coded here as state and FIPS Code]. (STATE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL100630.314
51) How many years have you been pastor at this parish? (YRSHERE)
TOTAL%
0) 30.3
1) 777.7
2) 13213.2
3) 12612.6
4) 10510.5
5) 979.7
6) 666.6
7) 757.5
8) 545.4
9) 454.5
10) 696.9
11) 202.0
12) 333.3
13) 141.4
14) 171.7
15) 70.7
16) 90.9
17) 101.0
18) 70.7
19) 30.3
20) 50.5
21) 40.4
22) 30.3
23) 20.2
24) 10.1
25) 20.2
26) 20.2
27) 10.1
28) 20.2
29) 10.1
30) 10.1
31) 10.1
33) 10.1
35) 10.1
42) 10.1
52) 10.1
Missing14 
TOTAL998100.0
52) In what year were you born? (YEARBRN)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL10021941.60810
53) In what year were you ordained? (YRORD)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL9991969.87211
54) Insofar as you know how many parishioners are currently studying for the priesthood? (CPPRSTD)
TOTAL%
0) 69971.0
1) 18819.1
2) 606.1
3) 212.1
4) 101.0
5) 30.3
6) 10.1
7) 10.1
10) 10.1
Missing28 
TOTAL984100.0
55) Insofar as you know how many parishioners have been ordained priest in the past 20 years? (PARORD)
TOTAL%
0) 47149.5
1) 23624.8
2) 12913.6
3) 606.3
4) 232.4
5) 151.6
6) 60.6
7) 10.1
8) 30.3
10) 20.2
12) 20.2
15) 10.1
18) 10.1
20) 10.1
Missing61 
TOTAL951100.0
56) Insofar as you know how many parishioners have been ordained priest since you became pastor? (PARORDP)
TOTAL%
0) 78381.4
1) 12412.9
2) 353.6
3) 101.0
4) 30.3
6) 20.2
7) 10.1
10) 10.1
14) 10.1
19) 10.1
20) 10.1
Missing50 
TOTAL962100.0
57) Do you know anyone from this parish who is currently considering priesthood? (CCPKNOW)
TOTAL%
1) No45846.1
2) Yes53553.9
Missing19 
TOTAL993100.0
58) Age of respondent (AGE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL100255.39210
59) Age respondent was ordained (AGEORD)
TOTAL%
16) 10.1
17) 10.1
19) 10.1
21) 10.1
22) 40.4
23) 10.1
24) 242.4
25) 888.8
26) 35435.5
27) 19119.2
28) 909.0
29) 525.2
30) 242.4
31) 272.7
32) 252.5
33) 202.0
34) 80.8
35) 151.5
36) 111.1
37) 60.6
38) 40.4
39) 60.6
40) 70.7
41) 50.5
42) 20.2
43) 60.6
44) 30.3
45) 20.2
47) 20.2
48) 30.3
49) 10.1
51) 20.2
52) 10.1
53) 10.1
55) 10.1
56) 20.2
57) 10.1
60) 10.1
61) 10.1
64) 10.1
66) 10.1
Missing15 
TOTAL997100.0
60) I-AGE: Age of respondent (Recoded for use with on-line analysis) (I-AGE)
TOTAL%
0) Age 29-40828.2
1) Age 41-4920620.6
2) Age 50-5937237.1
3) Age 60-6927627.5
4) Age 70+666.6
Missing10 
TOTAL1002100.0
61) I-AGEORD: Age respondent was ordained (Recoded for use with on-line analysis) (I-AGEORD)
TOTAL%
0) Age 16-24333.3
1) Age 25-2872372.5
2) Age 29-3415615.6
3) Age 35-39424.2
4) Age 40+434.3
Missing15 
TOTAL997100.0
62) I-PARLOC: What is your parish location (For use with on-line analysis)? (I-PARLOC)
TOTAL%
1) Rural18218.3
2) Small town/city31131.2
3) Suburb25525.6
4) Urban24824.9
Missing16 
TOTAL996100.0
63) I-PARCLA: What best describes most of your parishioners (For use with on-line analysis)? (I-PARCLA)
TOTAL%
1) Poor515.1
2) Lower-middle class25725.9
3) Middle class60260.7
4) Affluent828.3
Missing20 
TOTAL992100.0
64) I-RACE: What best describes your parishioners (For use with on-line analysis)? (I-RACE)
TOTAL%
1) White80886.6
2) Black242.6
3) Hispanic646.9
4) Other374.0
Missing79 
TOTAL933100.0