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As Director of Research for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Father Eugene Hemrick, a priest of the diocese of Joliet, Illinois, has compiled extensive research on priests in the United States. He holds master’s degrees in theology and religious education from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary and Loyola University Chicago. He also holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of Notre Dame.

Currently, Fr. Hemrick writes a weekly syndicated national column for the Catholic News Service. He is also the director of the National Institute for the Renewal of the Priesthood, an organization that provides a forum for priests to assist them in finding and maintaining the energy needed to serve the Catholics of this country.

Fr. Hemrick has authored a number of books, including The Promise of Virtue (Ave Maria Press, 1999) and Grace Under Pressure: What Gives Life to American Priests (National Catholic Educational Association, 1995), and Habits of a Priestly Heart (World Library Publications, 2009). Among the many awards and recognitions he has received is the Touchstone Award, conferred in April of 2009 by the National Federation of Priests’ Councils. Fr. Hemrick resides in Washington, D.C., and serves as Director of Research at Washington Theological Union as well as parish priest for St. Joseph on Capitol Hill.