The Catholic University of America

Raymond H. Potvin

Present Position: Professor Emeritus, The Catholic University of America.
  Faculty, Department of Sociology, 1958-1983.
Birth: 1924-2011
Education: Assumption College, Worcester, MA,1940-42. University of Montreal, Montreal, P.Q., 1942-48, S.T.B.
  The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 1954-58, Ph.D.
  Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1965-66, Postdoctoral Fellow.
Previous Positions: Consultant, Center for Population Studies, Georgetown University. Washington, D.C. 1967-70.
  Chairman, Department of Sociology, The Catholic University of America, 1967-71; 1977-83.
  Director, Institute of Social-Behavior Research, The Catholic University of America, 1971-73.
  Associate Editor: Sociological Analysis, 1965-74.
  Senior Researcher, Youth Research Center, The Catholic University of America, 1974-1985.
  Assistant Academic Vice President for Graduate Studies, 1985-1988.
Honors: Union Saint Jean Baptiste Fellowship, 1956.
  Population Council Fellowship, 1965.
  Outstanding Educators of America Award, 1972.
  Emory Bogardus Award for Research, 1981.
  Benemerenti Medal, 1984.

Biographical References:

  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in the World
  • Men of Achievement
  • American Men and Women of Science
  • Dictionary of International Biography
  • Contemporary Authors

Committees & Boards:

  • Faculty Representative to CUA Board of Trustees;
  • Member of University Academic Senate;
  • Member University Priorities Committee;
  • Member, Board of Directors Catholic University Press;
  • Board of Directors Center of Applied Research in the Apostolate, 1980-1984;
  • Board of Directors Population Reference Bureau, 1980-87.



a. Books and Monographs:

Seminary Outcomes: Perseverance and Withdrawal,Washington, D.C.: Institute of Social and Behavioral Research, 1990, 150 pp. (with P. Muncada).

Seminarians of the Eighties, Washington, DC: National Catholic Educational Association, 1985, 118 pp.

Research on Men's Vocations, Washington, DC: U.S. Catholic Conference, 1984, 95 pp. (with D. Hoge and K. Ferry).

The Religion of Children. Washington, DC: U.S. Catholic Conference, 1977, 89 pp. (with H. Nelsen and J. Shields).

Religion and American Youth. Washington, DC: U.S. Catholic Conference, 1976, 61 pp. (with D. Hoge and H. Nelsen).

American Sulpicians: A Research Report. Washington, DC: Institute of Social and Behavioral Research, 1972, 160 pp.

Vocational Challenge and Seminary Response. Washington, DC: CARA, 1970, 118 pp. (with Antanas Suziedelis).

Seminarians of the Sixties: A National Survey, Washington, DC: CARA, 1969, 229 pp. (with Antanas Suziedelis).

College Women and Fertility Values. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1967, 237 pp. (with Charles Westoff).

Labor Management Satisfaction Within the Enterprise Councils of Belgian Industry. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 1958, 52 pp.

b. Articles:

"African American Profiles, 1972-1990" In Hemrick, Eugene, ed. Keep Your Hand on the Plow, Washington, D.C.: U.S.C.C., 1996 (with C.F. Lee).

"A Demographic Profile of U.S. Hispanics." In Hemrick, Eugene, ed. Strangers and Aliens No Longer. Washington, D.C.: U.S.C.C., 1992 (with C.F. Lee).

"Religion and Delinquency: Cutting Through the Maze." Social Forces, Vol. 65:1 (Sept., 1986) (with D. Sloane).

"Parental Control, Age and Adolescent Religious Practice." Review of Religious Research, Vol. 27:1 (Sept., 1985) (with D. Sloane).

"Age Differences in Adolescent Religiousness." Review of Religious Research. Vol. 25:2 (Dec., 1983) 142-154(with D. Sloane).

"Adolescent Religion: A Developmental Approach." Sociological Analysis, Vol. 43:2 (Summer, 1982) 131-144 (with C.F. Lee).

"Adolescent Aspirations and Delinquency." Sociological Research Symposium Proceedings, Vol. XI (1981): (with C.F. Lee).

"Sex Differences in Factors Affecting Religiousness in Catholic Adolescents." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Vol. 20:1 (March, 1981): pp. 38-50 (with A. Suziedelis).

"Religious Development Among Adolescents." Social Thought. Vol. 7:1 (Winter, 1981) pp. 47-61 (with C.F. Lee).

"Gender and Regional Differences in Religiosity Among Protestant Youth." Review of Religious Research. Vol. 33:3.(March, 1981) pp. 268-283 (with H. Nelsen).

"Toward Disestablishment: New Patterns of Social Class, Denomination and Religiosity Among Youth." Review of Religious Research, Vol. 22:2 (Dec., 1980) pp. 137-153. (with H. Nelsen).

"Multi-Stage Path Models of Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Use: Age Variations." Journal of Studies on Alcohol, Vol. 41 (May, 1980) pp. 531-542 (with C.F. Lee).

"Adolescent God Images." Review of Religious Research, Vol. 19 (Fall, 1977) pp. 43-53.

"Religious Education: What Does the Research Suggest?" Origins, Vol. 6 (April, 1977), No. 42, pp. 666-670.

"Research Theory and Practice in Religious Education." In Mathaler, B and Sawicki M., eds Catechesis: Realities and Visions. Washington, DC: USCC, 1977, pp. 19-26.

"The Rural Church and Rural Religion." The Annals of American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 429 (Jan., 1977) pp. 103-114 (with H. Nelsen).

"Role Uncertainty and Commitment Among Seminary Faculty." Sociological Analysis, Vol. 37 (1976), pp. 45-52.

"Intermarriage as an Index of Assimilation: The Case of Singapore." Social Forces, Vol. 53 (Dec., 1974), pp. 112-119 (with C.F. Lee).

"Catholic College Women and Family-Size Preferences: A Reanalysis." Sociological Analysis, Vol. 35 (1974), pp. 24-34 (with C.F. Lee).

"Seminarians of the Sixties." N.C.E.A. Bulletin, August, 1969, pp. 44-49 (with A. Suziedelis).

"Factors Affecting Catholic Wives' Conformity to their Church Magisterium's Position on Birth Control." Journal of Marriage and the Family, Vol. 30, No. 2 (May, 1968), pp. 263-272 (with C. Westoff and N. Ryder).

"Fertility, Ideal Family-Size and Religious Orientation Among U.S. Catholics." Sociological Analysis, Vol. 29, No. 1 Spring, 1968), pp. 28-34 (with T. Burch).

"Incest Taboo." New Catholic Encyclopedia, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1967, Vol. 7, pp. 240-241.

"Secularization." New Catholic Encyclopedia, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1967, Vol. 13, pp. 38-39.

"Sociological Theories." New Catholic Encyclopedia, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1967, pp. 400-406 and New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement.

"The Liturgy and Community: A Sociological Appraisal." Experiments in Community, Washington, DC: Liturgical Conference, 1967, pp. 87-93.

"Social Factors in Catholic Women's Choice of a College." Sociological Analysis, Vol. 28, No. 1 (Spring, 1967), pp. 14-21 (with C. Westoff).

"Higher Education, Religion, and Women's Family-Size Orientations." American Sociological Review, Vol. 31, No. 4. (August, 1966), pp. 489-496 (with C. Westoff). Reprinted in Eckhardt and Ermann, Social Research Methods. New York: Random House, 1977, and in Ford and DeJong, Social Demography, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1970.

"Religious Symbolism, Marriage, and Sex." In Shuster, Ed. The Problem of Population, Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1965, pp. 45-49.

"Responsible Parenthood and Family Planning." Homiletic and Pastoral Review, LXV, 11 (August, 1965) pp. 941-946.

"Adolescent Behavior and American Society." Catholic Education Review, LXII, 1 (Jan., 1964). pp. 19-24. reprinted in A Generation Apart, ed., by J. Winkler, Winona: St. Mary's College Press, 1969, pp. 71-78.

"Family Structure and Religious Orientation." American Ecclesiastical Review, CXLIX, 5 (November, 1963) pp. 330-336.

"Societal Strains and the Adolescent." Psychological Counseling of Adolescents, ed. by R. Steimel, Washington, DC: Catholic University Press, 1962, pp. 27-33.

"Parsons and Organization Theory." American Catholic Sociological Review, XXIII, 3 (Fall, 1962) 246-250.

"Changing Family Patterns Affecting Maternal and Child Health. "Epidemiology in Nursing, ed. Corrigan and Corcoran, Washington, DC: Catholic University Press, 1961, pp. 1980-191.

"Social Change and Education." Catholic Education Review, LIX, 8 (November, 1961), 536-543.

"Human Fertility and the Common Good." American Ecclesiastical Review, CXLIV, 4 (April, 1961) pp. 217-230.

"Human Relations and Industrial Peace." American Catholic Sociological Review, XX, 1 (Spring, 1959), pp. 15-24.

"Belgian Enterprise Councils: Attitudes and Satisfaction of Management and Labor." American Catholic Sociological Review, XVIII, 4 (December, 1957), pp. 301-307.