Friars Engaged In National Research Project

Our Lady of the Angels Province Friars, Fr. Justin Ross, OFM Conv. (Pastor and Campus Minister – Newman Student Center Parish, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Fr. Gerry Waterman, OFM Conv. (Roman Catholic Chaplain – Syracuse University Catholic Center serving SU/SUNY ESF Catholic Campus Ministry) and Fr. Michael Martin, OFM Conv. (Director – Duke Catholic Center) are part of a research project that is breaking ground in the area of beliefs and practice of the faith of Catholic college students.  The research project being funded by Duke University is delving into an area that has seen little activity until quite recently.  The longitudinal study will examine what Catholic college students believe just prior to their college experience and then track their participation in programming over the course of their 4 years.  The surveys will also measure behaviors to see if there is a causal link between participation in the faith and minimizing negative behaviors in college.  The research will attempt to survey students for two years post graduation to measure how engagement in their faith in college affects their faith lives after graduation.  Participants who joined our friars at Duke for a strategy session on February 21st were directors of campus ministry at Yale University, Brown University, University of Wisconsin, and the University of Missouri.  The Director of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association as well as the USCCB’s Assistant Director for Higher Education for the Secretariat of Catholic Education also attended the meeting.  Campus Ministries at Iowa State University and the University of Southern California will also participate in the research while they were not able to attend the meeting.