Phase II of the National Study on the Permanent Diaconate: A Survey of Catholic Deacons' Wives, 1995

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the Permanent Diaconate in the U.S. Catholic Church and help to determine its future direction. The National Study on the Permanent Diaconate of the Catholic Church in the United States consisted of a four-phase, two-year study. The Study of Deacons' Wives was Phase II.

Data File
Cases: 1,165
Variables: 96
Weight Variable: None
Data Collection
Date Collected: 1994-1995
Funded By
The National Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Church Extension Society of the United States of America
Collection Procedures
Self-administered mail survey
Sampling Procedures
From the 5,379 deacon questionnaires, 1,850 names and addresses of wives were randomly taken. These 1,850 names constituted the random sample. Of the 1,850 questionnaires sent out, 1,194 or 64 percent were returned.
Principal Investigators
Bishop Dale J. Melczek, Reverend Eugene Hemrick, Dr. James R. Kelly, Deacon Samuel M. Taub.
Related Publications
A National Study on the Permanent Diaconate of the Catholic Church in the United States, 1994-1995.