Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

John P. Treacy

Second Advisor

Roman A. Bernert


There are two objectives to this study: (1) to determine the real reasons young men leave Holy Cross Seminary, La Crosse, Wisconsin; and (2) to discover, by an analysis of these reasons, what aspects of seminary life may have been influential in the seminarians' decision to leave. The first objective is fundamental; the second is essential to an understanding of the first. Together they seek answers to questions such as these: What are the real reasons young men leave Holy Cross Seminary? Has the seminary been unreasonable or unfair in its demands on the students? What kind of influence do the various aspects of seminary life have upon the seminarian? Was any of these circumstances an important consideration in the student's decision to leave?

Generally speaking, therefore, this study is an attempt to determine the degree to which the seminary itself can be blamed for the drop-outs that occur.