Dr. Michael McCallion

Rev. William Cunningham Chair of Catholic Social Analysis
A.B. (Sociology), Wayne State University, 1982;
M.A. (Theology), University of Notre Dame, 1985;
M.A. (Sociology), Wayne State University, 1987;
Ph.D. (Sociology), Wayne State University, 1996.
Bio / Information: 

School of Theology, Rev. William Cunningham Chair in Catholic Social Analysis, Professor of Theology.  At SHMS 2004-

Michael J. McCallion received his Ph.D. in sociology from Wayne State University in Detroit and his M.A. in liturgy/theology from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He is primarily interested in the sociology of religion, spending whatever time he can studying liturgical worship and evangelization from that perspective. His wife Catherine and he reside in Clinton Township and have three sons ages 23, 20, and 11.

Dr. McCallion has taught the Formation of Christian Community course at SHMS since its inception (2002) in the graduate degree programs. He also has team taught the course Pastoral Care Across Cultures with Sr. Mary Lou Putrow at SHMS. He has taught sociology of religion courses at Wayne State University and Oakland University. His academic publications have appeared in the Review of Religious Research, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Journal for the Scientific Study of Symbolic Interaction, Contemporary Sociology and Antiphon: A Journal for Liturgical Renewal. He has a book chapter in Research In Social Movements, Conflicts and Change and another chapter in Faultline of Consciousness: A Review of Interactionism in Sociology. He has presented several papers at sociological conferences, the latest being at the University of Notre Dame in July 2004 on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and another paper on Penance and Anointing: A Sociological Appraisal at the Society for Catholic Liturgy Conference in 2006. He completed a book on Sociology and Liturgy in 2006 titled Transforming Catholicism: Liturgical Change and the Vatican II Church by Lexington Books as well as completing two articles for the new Encyclopedia of Sociology by Blackwell Publishing.

Since 2007, Dr. McCallion has been researching the implementation of the New Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Detroit.  He has published four articles on this research with his research associate Dr. Ben Bennett-Carpenter.  Dr. McCallion also has completed a book on the New Evangelization to be published soon (Winter 2012).  His next phase of research will focus on young adults and the New Evangelization which he hopes to begin in 2013.