New Parish Ministers Survey of Parishes, 1992

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This study was a national survey of Catholic parishes, comprising Phase I of the larger study of New Parish Ministers. The purpose of this study was to gather information on the locale, population characteristics, sacramental activity, ministerial programs and general finances of parishes. This was done in order to enter into Phase II of the study, which gathered information on the laypersons, religious and clergy serving the parishes, to learn what factors foster and what obstacles limit the practices of parish ministry by lay ecclesial ministers.

Data File
Cases: 949
Variables: 215
Weight Variable: None
Data Collection
Date Collected: January, February and March 1992
Funded By
The Lilly Endowment, Inc. and The National Pastoral Life Center
Collection Procedures
Self-administered mail questionnaires
Sampling Procedures
Parishes for the study were selected through a stratified random sample. Dioceses were randomly selected in each of the 13 National Council of Catholic Bishops' regions of the country (for a total of 43 dioceses). A list of parishes within each diocese was obtained from the Official Catholic Directory. Parishes were then numbered in ascending order according to their listing in the directory. Lists of random numbers were generated for each diocese ranging from 1 to the total number of parishes in each diocese. Parishes were selected in the order of the numbers on the random list until the desired sample size was obtained (which was approximately 40% of the parishes in each diocese). The return rate for the national sample of parishes was 53%.
Principal Investigators
Rev. Philip J. Murnion and David Delambo
Related Publications
Philip J. Murnion. 1992. New Parish Ministers: Laity and Religious on Parish Life. New York: National Pastoral Life Center.
Category labels for PROG29A, PROG30A, PROG31A
1 Prayer chain
2 Feeding program for homeless
3 Separated/divorced
4 Meals on Wheels
5 Legion of Mary
6 St. Vincent de Paul Society
7 Life Teen
8 Perpetual adoration
9 Marriage preparation
10 Prepare dinner after funerals
11 Pro-life
12 Bible study
13 Adoration of the sacrament
17 L of C
18 Community organizing
19 Outreach minority
20 Rainbows for all God's children
21 Kateri circle
22 Interparochial religious education
23 RCIA
24 Singles program
25 Liturgy training
26 Knights of Columbus
27 Fund-raisers
28 Parish nurse program
29 Used clothing and housewares
30 WK CLOSELY W/EAST MO ACTION AG
31 Remembering Church
32 Interfaith
33 Counseling
34 55 Plus seniors
35 Partnership with inner city parish
36 Homework/tutoring program
37 Parish campout
38 Stephen ministry
39 Altar society
40 Renew
41 Parish Lazy Day Celebration
42 Ministry of praise
43 Soup kitchen
44 Food pantry
45 Retreat
46 Small Christian community
47 Remembering
48 Third Order of Mary
49 Eucharistic adoration program
50 St. Mary's altar program
51 Sister parishes
52 Social club
53 Hospital visitation
54 Pre-CANA team
55 Weekly eucharistic
56 Celebrate Life committee
57 Spanish Mass
58 Family ministry
59 Rosary altar society
60 Legion of MARIAE
61 HIV/AIDS support group
62 Jewish-Christian dialogue
63 Affordable housing
64 Christian Youth Organization
65 Mornings for Moms
66 Head Start programs
67 Food/clothing donations
68 Day ministry
69 Festival
70 Baseball
71 Unemployment assistance
72 Prison ministry
73 Heart of the city
74 Cenacle - Holy Hour
75 Aerobics
76 Cursillo
77 Holy Name Society
78 Migrant ministry
79 Dinner for all volunteers
80 Farm worker housing
81 Explorer post
82 Ladies of Charity
83 A parish year
84 Downtown community forum
85 Social outreach programs
86 Social
87 Liturgical mass coordinator
88 Gatherings for lonely
89 Mayordomos or Care Takers
90 Income tax return preparation
91 Special needs for mentally challenged
92 Catholic Aid
93 Senior CTE
94 Welcome group
95 Moms' group
96 Fiestas
97 Newman
98 SCC
99 Small faith communities
100 Music series
101 Kujenga
102 MA preparation group
103 Male spirituality
104 Respect life activities
105 Antioch
106 Black arts festival
107 Habitat for Humanity
108 Refugee sponsorship/support
109 Gay and lesbian
110 Annual marriage renewal liturgy
111 Preschool
112 Perpetual adoration
113 Parish nurse
114 Small church communities
115 Sunshine
116 Baptism preparation
117 Altar and rosary
118 Hearing impaired
119 Christ renews his parish
120 Singles group
121 Study group
122 Ladies guild
123 St. Catherine's guild
124 Stewardship
125 Remembering Church
126 Tough love
127 Evensong
128 ESL
129 Santo Nino de Cebu Celebration
130 Parish visits members
131 Widowed
132 Golden carriage
133 SFO fraternity
134 Couples for Christ
135 Pre-marriage program for engagement
136 D of I
137 Citizenship preparation
138 Ministry to deaf
139 Eucharistic devotion
140 Men's club
141 Men's guild
142 Liturgical ministry
143 Al-Anon
144 New Century
145 Parish hikes
146 Friendly visitors
147 St VDP Thrift Store
148 AARP
149 Holy Name men's group
150 Annual 12th Night Festival
151 Mission Circle
152 Helping Hands
153 Summer Bible school
154 Pima County Interfaith Council
155 Elizabeth ministry
156 Fellowship
157 Ultrea
158 Various school associate groups
159 Thrift store
160 Right to Life office
161 4-H
162 Teams of Our lady
163 Pathways
164 Karate
165 Health clinic
166 Ladies Christian Mothers
167 Intergenerational
168 Pancake breakfast
169 Cemetery
170 Athletic association
171 Activities and financial support
172 Various support groups
173 LLY organized
174 Immigration services
175 Mornings of meditation
176 AOH
177 Pilgrimages
178 International group
179 Christmas Eve party for homeless
180 Rainbow for Children of Divorced
181 Campus ministry
182 Neighbors in need
183 Annual celebration of patron saints
184 Children's catechumenate
185 Weekly communal adoration
186 Counseling center
187 Weekly movie
188 Baptism follow-up
189 Vietnamese groups
190 Rainbows for Children
191 Altar society
192 Altar rosary
193 Moms, pops, and tots
194 Gospel reflection sharing
195 Children's liturgy
196 Sunday vespers and benediction
197 Church-based community organization
198 Ministry to Guatemala and SMA
199 Women's club
200 Rosary and altar society
201 Children's liturgy of the word
202 Men's ministry
203 Ladies' group
204 Crisis pregnancy counseling
205 Jornada program for young adults
206 Vocation committee
207 Hot meal caseworker
208 Arizona Ecumenical Council
209 Monthly adult lecture series
210 Seniors' hot lunch
211 Men's group
212 Emergency assistance center
213 Picnic
214 NAPA Ecumenical Organizing Network
215 Clothes Closet
216 Single parents support group
217 Centering prayer
218 Potluck lunches
219 Catholic Order of Foresters
220 Funeral reception
221 Direction
222 St. Charles Women
223 Ladies altar sodality
224 Student scholarship fund
225 Con. of Christian Mothers
226 Ladies society
227 AIDS memorial
228 Women of Hope
229 Landings
230 First Friday exposition
231 Re-membering and children's liturgy
Category labels for PROG29A, PROG30A, PROG31A
1 Prayer chain
2 Feeding program for homeless
3 Separated/divorced
4 Meals on Wheels
5 Legion of Mary
6 St. Vincent de Paul Society
7 Life Teen
8 Perpetual adoration
9 Marriage preparation
10 Prepare dinner after funerals
11 Pro-life
12 Bible study
13 Adoration of the sacrament
17 L of C
18 Community organizing
19 Outreach minority
20 Rainbows for all God's children
21 Kateri circle
22 Interparochial religious education
23 RCIA
24 Singles program
25 Liturgy training
26 Knights of Columbus
27 Fund-raisers
28 Parish nurse program
29 Used clothing and housewares
30 WK CLOSELY W/EAST MO ACTION AG
31 Remembering Church
32 Interfaith
33 Counseling
34 55 Plus seniors
35 Partnership with inner city parish
36 Homework/tutoring program
37 Parish campout
38 Stephen ministry
39 Altar society
40 Renew
41 Parish Lazy Day Celebration
42 Ministry of praise
43 Soup kitchen
44 Food pantry
45 Retreat
46 Small Christian community
47 Remembering
48 Third Order of Mary
49 Eucharistic adoration program
50 St. Mary's altar program
51 Sister parishes
52 Social club
53 Hospital visitation
54 Pre-CANA team
55 Weekly eucharistic
56 Celebrate Life committee
57 Spanish Mass
58 Family ministry
59 Rosary altar society
60 Legion of MARIAE
61 HIV/AIDS support group
62 Jewish-Christian dialogue
63 Affordable housing
64 Christian Youth Organization
65 Mornings for Moms
66 Head Start programs
67 Food/clothing donations
68 Day ministry
69 Festival
70 Baseball
71 Unemployment assistance
72 Prison ministry
73 Heart of the city
74 Cenacle - Holy Hour
75 Aerobics
76 Cursillo
77 Holy Name Society
78 Migrant ministry
79 Dinner for all volunteers
80 Farm worker housing
81 Explorer post
82 Ladies of Charity
83 A parish year
84 Downtown community forum
85 Social outreach programs
86 Social
87 Liturgical mass coordinator
88 Gatherings for lonely
89 Mayordomos or Care Takers
90 Income tax return preparation
91 Special needs for mentally challenged
92 Catholic Aid
93 Senior CTE
94 Welcome group
95 Moms' group
96 Fiestas
97 Newman
98 SCC
99 Small faith communities
100 Music series
101 Kujenga
102 MA preparation group
103 Male spirituality
104 Respect life activities
105 Antioch
106 Black arts festival
107 Habitat for Humanity
108 Refugee sponsorship/support
109 Gay and lesbian
110 Annual marriage renewal liturgy
111 Preschool
112 Perpetual adoration
113 Parish nurse
114 Small church communities
115 Sunshine
116 Baptism preparation
117 Altar and rosary
118 Hearing impaired
119 Christ renews his parish
120 Singles group
121 Study group
122 Ladies guild
123 St. Catherine's guild
124 Stewardship
125 Remembering Church
126 Tough love
127 Evensong
128 ESL
129 Santo Nino de Cebu Celebration
130 Parish visits members
131 Widowed
132 Golden carriage
133 SFO fraternity
134 Couples for Christ
135 Pre-marriage program for engagement
136 D of I
137 Citizenship preparation
138 Ministry to deaf
139 Eucharistic devotion
140 Men's club
141 Men's guild
142 Liturgical ministry
143 Al-Anon
144 New Century
145 Parish hikes
146 Friendly visitors
147 St VDP Thrift Store
148 AARP
149 Holy Name men's group
150 Annual 12th Night Festival
151 Mission Circle
152 Helping Hands
153 Summer Bible school
154 Pima County Interfaith Council
155 Elizabeth ministry
156 Fellowship
157 Ultrea
158 Various school associate groups
159 Thrift store
160 Right to Life office
161 4-H
162 Teams of Our lady
163 Pathways
164 Karate
165 Health clinic
166 Ladies Christian Mothers
167 Intergenerational
168 Pancake breakfast
169 Cemetery
170 Athletic association
171 Activities and financial support
172 Various support groups
173 LLY organized
174 Immigration services
175 Mornings of meditation
176 AOH
177 Pilgrimages
178 International group
179 Christmas Eve party for homeless
180 Rainbow for Children of Divorced
181 Campus ministry
182 Neighbors in need
183 Annual celebration of patron saints
184 Children's catechumenate
185 Weekly communal adoration
186 Counseling center
187 Weekly movie
188 Baptism follow-up
189 Vietnamese groups
190 Rainbows for Children
191 Altar society
192 Altar rosary
193 Moms, pops, and tots
194 Gospel reflection sharing
195 Children's liturgy
196 Sunday vespers and benediction
197 Church-based community organization
198 Ministry to Guatemala and SMA
199 Women's club
200 Rosary and altar society
201 Children's liturgy of the word
202 Men's ministry
203 Ladies' group
204 Crisis pregnancy counseling
205 Jornada program for young adults
206 Vocation committee
207 Hot meal caseworker
208 Arizona Ecumenical Council
209 Monthly adult lecture series
210 Seniors' hot lunch
211 Men's group
212 Emergency assistance center
213 Picnic
214 NAPA Ecumenical Organizing Network
215 Clothes Closet
216 Single parents support group
217 Centering prayer
218 Potluck lunches
219 Catholic Order of Foresters
220 Funeral reception
221 Direction
222 St. Charles Women
223 Ladies altar sodality
224 Student scholarship fund
225 Con. of Christian Mothers
226 Ladies society
227 AIDS memorial
228 Women of Hope
229 Landings
230 First Friday exposition
231 Re-membering and children's liturgy