The Catholic University of America

Rev. Anthony J. Pogorelc, S.S., M.Div., M.S., Ph.D.

IPR Fellow
Email: pogorelc[at]
(202) 319-5999; 202-756-4912
Department: Department of Sociology

The Reverend Anthony J. Pogorelc, S.S., M. Div. (St, Michael’s College of the University of Toronto), M.S., Ph. D. (Purdue University 2002).   Rev. Dr. Pogorelc is a research fellow at the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America where he directs the Changing SEA (Spirituality of Emerging Adults) Project


Aimed at assisting ministers to young adults, this Lilly funded project will result in a book that

a. synthesizes scholarly writing on the social forces that shape the lives to today’s young adults

b. presents the characteristics and best practices of congregations that effectively minister to them, and

c. presents findings from a national survey that looks at the religious beliefs and practices of young adults ranging from those who are traditional and active in churches to those who engage churches in a variety of ways.

A Sulpician priest, Fr. Pogorelc is Vice Rector of the University Seminary, Theological College and Director of Initial Formation for the Sulpician Province of the United State in which he works with the socialization of new priests entering the ministry of seminary formation.  

Specializing in the sociology of religion; his research focuses on emerging adults, social movements and professional ministers.  He has studied the relationship between Call to Action and U.S. Catholic Bishops as a case study of a social movement within the organization of the Catholic Church.  With Professor William V. D’Antonio he is co-author of a Voices of the Faithful: Loyal Catholics Striving for Change (2007 Crossroad).  This book received the second place award in 2008 from the Catholic Press Association in the category of historical writing. 

Other publications include: “Embodying and Passing on the Tradition Together” in Shaping Catholic Parishes: Pastoral Leaders in the Twenty-First Century. (2008). Chicago: Loyola Press “Movement to Movement Transmission and the Role of Place: The Relationship between Catholic Action and Call to Action.” in Sociology of Religion (Winter 2011); “Lessons from the Economic Pastoral: Modeling the Way of Holiness.” in Voting and Holiness (2012); “Allies Advancing Justice: Cooperation between U.S. Bishops and Call to Action to Promote the Peace and Economic Pastoral Letters (1982–1987).” Religions 3, no. 4: 902-921 (2012);”Clericalism” in  Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of American Political Thought.  Ed. Michael Gibbons.  New York, Oxford, New Delhi.  Blackwell Publishing.  Forthcoming 2014.

He is active member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Religious Research Association, and the Association for the Sociology of Religion and regularly makes presentations at their annual meetings.  He is also a member of the American Sociological Association and the D.C. Sociological Society. 

Rev. Dr. Pogorelc spent the 2012-2013 academic year on sabbatical at Yale, with residence at the Thomas More Center.  During his sabbatical he was been quite active in disseminating the findings of the Changing Sea Project to its target audience ministers to emerging adults in parishes and congregations.  During his sabbatical at Yale during the first half of 2013 and made two presentations there.  The first was  “Emerging Adults: Social Forces and Pastoral Responses” at the Yale Divinity School on February 19, 2013.  The second was “What are they Saying about Young Adults?  Pastoral Responses” at a meeting of the Yale University Chaplains on April 4, 2013.  He also made presentations on the project at the Annual Meeting of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Houston, Texas on April 16 and 17, 2013 and to the Priests of the Society of St. Sulpice in Marriottsville, Maryland on May 30, 2012.