Father Hemrick is Director of the National Institute for the Renewal of the Priesthood, and a research associate with the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America.
The prolific author has been a weekly nationally syndicated columnist for Catholic News Service since 1980, and has written five books:
- Grace Under Pressure: What Gives Life to American Priests (co-author, 1995);
- The Promise of Virtue (1999);
- One Nation Under God: Religious Symbols, Quotes, and Images in Our Nation’s Capital (2001);
- Revolutionizing Pastoral Leaders Through the Internet: The Story of the National Institute for the Renewal of the Priesthood and its mission to spiritually and intellectually energize church leadership via the Internet(2003); and,
- Habits of a Priestly Heart (2009).
Father Hemrick was ordained in 1963 as a priest of the Diocese of Joliet (IL). He has master’s degrees in theology and religious education, and earned his doctorate from Notre Dame University. In addition to his writing, speaking and research duties, he also serves as a parish priest at St. Joseph on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
His former positions include Director of Research for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (1976-1996), Assistant Superintendent of Religious Education for the Diocese of Joliet (1965-68) and Research Associate at the Center for Study of Man at Notre Dame (1969-70).
He created and directed the research department and the School of Catechetics at Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle, IL (1971-76), where he was an assistant professor of education. He also served as a visiting professor at St. Louis University (1971-75). He held the Mother Seton Chair at The Catholic University of America (1983) and served as Director of Diocesan Relations in the President’s Office at The Catholic University of America (1996-98).
As a researcher, he has conducted more than 100 studies on various aspects of church ministry, the priesthood, seminaries, social justice, multiculturalism, immigration, and other topics for the United States Catholic Conference, and he has published about 75 articles in national magazines.
His awards for distinguished national service to the church include the Phalin Scholarship from the University of Notre Dame, the John Henry Newman Campus Ministry Award from what is now known as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Catholic Education Association Award, the J.S. Paluch Award, the Notre Dame Award for Community Work and the University of Lewis Award.
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