Biggest Religious Group at Southern Methodist: Catholics

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DALLAS -- A survey says that Catholics outnumber Methodists and all other religious groups at Southern Methodist University.

This fall, 1,425 SMU students identified themselves as Catholics, nearly 200 more than those who identified themselves as United Methodists. The Catholic total represents about 25 percent of those who registered a religious preference.

The survey is not scientific and based only on results from students who answered its questions.

SMU is owned by the United Methodist Church, and the school's top chaplain must be a United Methodist pastor. The university's Perkins School of Theology is a leading producer of clergy for the denomination.

Theology school dean William Lawrence says Catholicism's strength at SMU is a testament to the work of early Methodists in founding colleges and welcoming those of other denominations.

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