Zimmerman, Joseph F.

Joseph F. Zimmerman is a Franciscan priest and sociologist. He earned the Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University and now serves as Assessment Research Officer at Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois.

Transition from Vowed to Lay Ministry in American Catholicism
2004 0-7734-6391-7
This study is about the experiences of the people who served the American Catholic Church in religious orders and subsequently left those orders. This work reveals what aspects of their religious formation remained with them during the course of their lay lives and continue to inspire them, and what were the insurmountable problems for them when they tried to serve the Church within the framework of the traditional vows and communal life.