Seminarians in the Nineties: A National Study of Seminarians in Theology, 1993

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This study was designed to better understand today's Catholic seminarian. Who is the seminarian as a person and what influenced him to consider the priesthood? How does he view the academic rigors and spiritual life of a seminarian? In light of a changing world, what are his thoughts on the church and the roles he will be expected to fulfill?

Data File
Cases: 901
Variables: 118
Weight Variable: None
Data Collection
Date Collected: 1993
Funded By
The Lilly Endowment, Inc.
Collection Procedures
A self-administered mail survey designed by the National Catholic Education Association.
Sampling Procedures
The mail survey was sent out to 2921 Catholic seminarians. The final return was 901 questionnaires, for a 31% response rate.
Principal Investigators
Eugene F. Hemrick and James J. Walsh
Related Publications
Hemrick, Eugene F. and James J. Walsh. 1993. Seminarians in the Nineties: A National Study of Seminarians in Theology. Washington, D. C.: National Catholic Educational Association, Seminary Department.