Fr. Eugene F. Hemrick

Fr. Eugene F. Hemrick was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Joliet in 1963. He completed his seminary education with a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Theology from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein (IL) and after ordination earned a Master in Religious Education in 1968 from Loyola (Chicago, IL) and a Ph.D. in education from Notre Dame (South Bend, IN) Fr. Hemrick served as Seminary Rector and Assistant Professor at Illinois Benedictine College from 1972 until 1976; and from 1976 until 1996 he served as Director of Research for the National Council of Bishops. While at the NCCB Father Hemrick also served as Assistant Professor of Education at the Catholic University of America from 1984 until 1989, holding the Mother Seton Chair in 1984. In 1997 Father Hemrick moved to the Development office of the Catholic University. In 1999, he became Coordinator of Institutional Research for the Washington Theological Union and also the founding Director of the National Institute for the Renewal of the Priesthood (

Father Hemrick also serves as a syndicated columnist with the Catholic News Service and as a research associate with the Life Cycle Institute at Catholic University; he has been in residence at St. Joseph’s since the summer of 1996.