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Stephen J. Fichter, Thomas P. Gaunt, Catherine Hoegeman, and Paul M. Perl

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190920289

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190920289.001.0001

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Satisfactions in Episcopal Life and Ministry

Satisfactions in Episcopal Life and Ministry

(p.47) 3 Satisfactions in Episcopal Life and Ministry
Catholic Bishops in the United States

Stephen J. Fichter

Thomas P. Gaunt

Catherine Hoegeman

Paul M. Perl

Oxford University Press

Bishops take seriously their vocations as “successors to the Apostles” and they feel the weight of the responsibilities placed upon their shoulders in an increasingly secularized and seemingly post-Christian era. However, as this chapter demonstrates, they do not allow those daily burdens and their concomitant frustrations to stifle their contentment. This chapter presents the overall very high levels of satisfaction among bishops, even higher than those reported by Catholic priests in the most recent national study of priests. We discovered that their burnout rates are very low even in the midst of such long and intense workdays. Their number one source of satisfaction is linked to their liturgical role. High satisfaction is also derived from their community leadership role. While they embrace their administrative work willingly, they do not report deriving great satisfaction from it.

Keywords:   life and work satisfaction, comparison to priest satisfaction levels, liturgical leadership, sacramental ministry, community leadership

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