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Rev. John J. Piderit, S.J.


Melanie M. Morey, Ed. D.




Rev. John J. Piderit, S.J. has been involved with educational institutions for most of his professional life. He received a B.A. degree from Fordham University, majoring in philosophy and mathematics.  After completing theological studies in Germany and being ordained there in 1971, he secured his master of philosophy in economics from Oxford University (1974) and doctorate in economics from Princeton University (1979).  From 1978 until 1990 Father Piderit taught international economics and statistics at Fordham University in New York City and lived in a student residence hall.  His contact with students led him to found Queens Court Residential College, an option for freshman students who wanted a more intentional engagement in the intellectual life on campus and in the city.  In 1990 Father Piderit moved to Marquette University in Milwaukee, where he served as Corporate Vice President for three years.  From 1993 to 2001 Father Piderit was president of Loyola University Chicago where he separately incorporated the university medical center and introduced significant cost cutting in the non-medical parts of the university.  In 2001 he became president of the Catholic Education Institute, a not-for-profit corporation promoting new approaches to the on-going education and formation of Catholics.  Although a member of a Jesuit community in Manhattan, he lives in a parish in the Bronx in order to appreciate and explore the challenges faced by urban parishes.  View Resume. 


Father Piderit is the author of The Ethical Foundations of Economics (Georgetown University Press, 1993).  Together with Melanie M. Morey he has authored Catholic Higher Education: A Culture in Crisis (Oxford University Press, 2006) and Renewing Parish Cultures (Sheed and Ward, 2008).



Dr. Melanie M. Morey has worked in the field of education and administration for her entire career. She received her BA from Smith College (1971), a masterís degree in religious education from Boston College (1977), and a masterís in educational administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (1993). Since receiving her doctorate in higher education administration from Harvard (1995), Dr. Morey has worked primarily as a researcher and consultant to Catholic colleges and universities, religious congregations, and other Catholic institutions. She has also been actively involved in working with various groups to more effectively address issues of governance, sponsorship, leadership, institutional identity and Catholic culture. Since 2003 Dr. Morey has been the senior director for research and consulting at NarrowGate Consulting, a division of the Catholic Education Institute that focuses on projects and issues dealing with Catholic institutional life.  Since 2011, Dr. Morey has been associate dean of assessment at Saint Patrickís Seminary and University, Menlo Park, CA.


Dr. Morey is a contributor to Catholic Womenís Colleges in America (ed. Schier and Russett, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002).   Together with John J. Piderit, S.J. she has authored Catholic Higher Education: A Culture in Crisis (Oxford University Press, 2006) ,Renewing Parish Cultures (Sheed and Ward, 2008) and Teaching the Tradition: A Disciplinary Approach to the Catholic Intellectual Tradition (Oxford University Press, 2012).

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