Notre Dame Study of Catholic Parish Life: the Pastors Sample, 1983

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The Notre Dame Study of Catholic Parish Life attempts to describe Catholic parishes in the United States roughly twenty years after the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. Beyond the broad descriptive sample of all U.S. parishes, its contextual sampling design permits the scholar to examine both laity, and ordained and non-ordained leadership in various types of parishes. It yields data on participation and organizational involvement, styles of religiosity, church-related attitudes, civic involvement and sociopolitical attitudes, organizational designs and decision-making, and liturgical experience and satisfaction. This is the pastors component within the series of studies.

Data File
Cases: 35
Variables: 568
Weight Variable: None
Data Collection
Date Collected: October to November 1983.
Funded By
The Lilly Endowment, Inc.
Collection Procedures
The data were collected using a self-administered mail questionnaires (37-page questionnaires).
Sampling Procedures
Questionnaires were distributed to the pastors of 36 representative parishes. The parishes were randomly selected from 1,099 U.S. parishes. All but one of the 36 questionnaires were completed and returned.
Principal Investigators
David C. Leege, Michael R. Welch, Mark Searle, and Jay Dolan
Related Publications
Castelli, Jim and Joseph Gremillion, 1987. The Emerging Parish: The Notre Dame Study of Catholic Parish Life since Vatican II. San Francisco: Harper & Row.

Leege, David C., 1991. The Changing Context of Parish Leadership in Carriers of Faith: Lessons From Congregational Studies. Ed. Carl S. Dudley, Jackson W. Carroll, and James P. Wind. Westminster\John Knox Press.

Leege, David C., 1985. The Findings of the Notre Dame Study of Catholic Parish Life. New Catholic World.

Leege, David C., 1986. Parish Life Among the Leaders. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame.

Leege, David C., 1986. Parish Organizations: People's Needs, Parish Services, and Leadership. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame.