Journal of catholic education volume 19 issue 2special issue latinos education and the church article 11 january 2016 the shared parish latinos anglos and the future of us catholicism. The fastest growing and most common of these are catholic parishes shared by latinos and white catholics shared parishes remain one of the few institutions in american society that allows cultural groups to maintain their own language and customs while still engaging in regular intercultural negotiations over the shared spacethis book explores the shared parish through an in depth ethnographic study of a roman catholic parish in a small midwestern city demographically transformed by . This book explores the shared parish through an in depth ethnographic study of a roman catholic parish in a small midwestern city demographically transformed by mexican immigration in recent decades through its depiction of shared parish life the book argues for new ways of imagining the us catholic parish as an organization. Immigration from mexico and latin america continue to redefine and transform the religious landscape of us churches while catholic parishes in large multi ethnic cities like los angeles have a longer history of dynamic interaction with cultural and linguistic differences among parishioners the more recent waves of immigration to the midwest region of the united states posits new challenges for the catholic church as more parishes are shared between anglo and latino communities. The shared parish lations anglos and the future of us catholicism is an intriguing and much needed addition to the growing body of literature on a theology of parish is both ambitious and prophetic horizons offers a full rich and highly satisfying analysis of the challenge of diversity in the roman catholic church of america
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