The Catholic University of America

Rev. Eugene F. Hemrick

IPR Fellow
Phone: 202-543-4077
Website: The National Institute for the Renewal of the Priesthood   or, which is "dedicated to energizing the spiritual and intellecutal life of the priesthood through an ongoing dialogue via the internet."

Reverend Eugene F. Hemrick is a research associate at the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, of which he has been a member since its establishment when it was known as the Life Cycle Institute. He is a priest of the Diocese of Joliet stationed at St. Joseph on Capitol Hill and assists the parish on the Senate side of Capitol Hill; and is a national syndicated columnist for the Catholic News Service [CNS] (for over 30 years); and former Director of Research at the Washington Theological Union.

His areas of expertise include the future of the priesthood; today's seminaries and seminarians; the permanent diaconate; lay voluntarism;  and life issues related to abortion, racism, euthanasia, and capital punishment.

Fr. Hemrick is the author of several books, including Homespun Wisdom: Path to the Good Life (2013), The Promise of Virtue (Notre Dame, IN, Ave Maria Press, 1999), and One Nation Under God: Religious Quotes, Symbols and Images in Our Nation's Capital (Huntington, IN, Our Sunday Visitor, 2001). 

Fr. Hemrick is the recepient of the J.S. Paluch Award for priestly service. He serves on the board for Humanities at St. Vincent's College in Latrobe, PA. He is regularly interviewed on the radio station, Relevant Radio. (

He conducts priest retreats and convocations regularly, and is in contact with archdioceses and dioceses throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Fr. Hemrick often leads the opening prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives, and a few of his appearances are offered on C-Span, and can be seen here: