O Pioneers, Christ in Concrete, and the National Parish Model

In the second installment of our three-part series on Catholic immigration to the United States, we speak with scholars about the Church’s dilemma of how to respond to Catholic migrants who don’t speak the native language. Should the Church force assimilation into the “American” way of life, or should they allow immigrants to live, speak, and worship as they are?

Todays scholars include:
Dr. Maria Mazzenga: Education Archivist at Catholic University of America

Dr. Bill Portier: Professor of Theology at the University of Dayton, Director of PhD programs

Fr. Mark Massa, Professor of Theology at Boston College University, Director for the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Dr. Christopher Shannon, Assistant Professor of History at Christendom College

Music for today’s episode:

© 2017 Fr Rob Galea/Gary Pinto/Natasha Pinto/Cliff Raux/Ira Losco. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Words and music by Shaun Garrison.
© 2015 Shaun Garrison. As recorded on Exceeding. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

For more information about Fr. Rob Galea and his incredible (worldwide!) ministry, click here.

Curious about Catholic American history? One of my favorite, easy-to-read resources is Emily Stimpson Chaptman’s book “The American Catholic Almanac.” It includes short, daily readings about a different person/event in American Catholic history.

Our final episode on Catholic immigration launches Thursday, December 20.

God bless you!


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