TAPP groupThis summer, the Institute hosted 18 social scientists to examine, in depth, the changes and transformation of the 21st century Catholic parish in the United States.

“The parish is central to the experience of American Catholics, but despite its importance, it’s an area that hasn’t been deeply explored by contemporary social scientists,” explained Dr. Gary Adler, the Institute’s director of research, who led the research initiative together with Tricia Bruce, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology,Maryville College and Brian Starks, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology, Kennesaw State University.

With the launch of The American Parish Project last year, the Institute is working to change that. TAPP 4

“We invited some of the best minds in the social sciences to competitively submit papers, and then chose a dozen papers to discuss over the course of a four-day seminar in Los Angeles in July . The authors of the papers were also invited to present and discuss their work,” Dr. Adler continues.

In addition to the papers’ authors, the conference benefited from the participation of several world-class academics who agreed to serve as project advisors including Nancy T. Ammerman, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Boston University; John Coleman, S.J., Ph.D., Casassa Professor of Social Values Emeritus, Loyola Marymount University; Mary Ellen Koneiczny,Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame; and Paul Lichterman, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Religion, University of Southern California.

TAPP3The submitted papers which explore a range of themes around the American parish, will be revised based on the feedback provided during the conference and then, collected into a single volume to be submitted for publication in the coming year.

For more information on The American Parish Project, please visit the TAPP webpage at http://tapp.ifacs.com.