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Le Moyne College Awarded Grant from Louisville Institute

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … The Louisville Institute has awarded Le Moyne College a grant of $24,466 through its Project Grant for Researchers Program. The Louisville Institute is a Lilly Endowment-funded program based at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary.

According to Dr. Matthew Loveland, assistant professor of sociology, who co-authored the grant, it will fund a six-month case study of a Catholic parish, in Syracuse, created by the merger of two prior parishes. “Ideally,” Loveland says, “lessons learned from this case study will be of use to other parishes going through a similar process.”

Loveland and his co-investigator, Margaret Ksander, M.A., assistant professor of sociology at Onondaga Community College, will spend the six months conducting formal interviews, focus groups and a survey of parishioners. The study will consider whether there are changes in identity and commitment among Catholics affected by diocesan reconfiguration, and how parishes mange the merger process.

For more information on the grant program, visit www.louisville-institute.org.


posted on: 3/1/2010