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Parish and Place: Making Room for Diversity in the American Catholic Church

Tricia Colleen Bruce


The Catholic Church stands at the forefront of an emergent majority-minority America. Parish and Place tells the story of how the largest US religion is responding at the local level to unprecedented cultural, racial, linguistic, ideological, and political diversification among American Catholics. Specifically, it explores bishops’ use of personal parishes—parishes formally established not on the basis of territory, but purpose. Today’s personal parishes serve an array of Catholics drawn together by shared identities and preferences rather than shared neighborhoods. Their contemporary applicat ... More

Keywords: Catholic Church, parish, organizations, congregations, national parish, personal parish, multiculturalism, sociology of religion, American Catholicism, social change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190270315
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190270315.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tricia Colleen Bruce, author
Associate Professor of Sociology, Maryville College