Fr. Tom Gaunt, S.J., Executive Director, Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), November 1, 2018

“American Catholic Trends:  1958-2018”

Father Thomas Gaunt, S.J. currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, a position he has held since January 2011. He is a co-author of Catholic Parishes in the 21st Century (Oxford University Press 2017), the forthcoming Pathways to Religious Life (Oxford University Press 2018), Catholic Bishops in the United States: Church Leadership in the Third Millennium (Oxford University Press 2018), and Word, Liturgy, Charity: The Diaconate in the U.S. Catholic Church, 1968-2018 (Lexington Books 2018).

Prior to coming to CARA, Father Gaunt has served in Jesuit governance as the Socius/Executive Secretary of the Jesuit Conference-USA for nine years and the Formation and Studies Director of the Maryland and New York Jesuit Provinces for seven years. After ordination, he spent ten years as a pastor and as Director of Planning and Research in the Diocese of Charlotte.

Father Gaunt entered the Society of Jesus in 1971, after which he earned a BA in Philosophy from St. Louis University in Missouri. In 1981, the year of Father Gaunt’s ordination, he received an STB from the Bellarmine School of Theology in Chicago and a Masters of Divinity from Loyola University in Chicago. Father Gaunt later went on to complete a Masters in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning, both from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Father Gaunt has been actively involved with the L’Arche Communities in Washington, DC for the past 17 years.

Thursday, November 1, 2018


The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Ave, 2nd Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114



7:30 a.m. – Register & Breakfast buffet open
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Program