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Catholic Parishes of the 21st Century

Charles E. Zech, Mary L. Gautier, Mark M. Gray, Jonathon L. Wiggins, and Thomas P. Gaunt

Abstract

In the Catholic Church the local parish is where members experience religion firsthand. It is there that they worship, are educated in the faith, receive their sacraments, and form community. All parishes are complex social organizations, combining varying elements of leadership, finances, worship styles, community outreach programs, and approaches to religious education, while being populated by diverse generational cohorts and ethnic groups, each with their own concerns and traditions. Nevertheless they are all members of the universal Church. While all parishes share some underlying commona ... More

Keywords: parish life, cultural diversity, parish leadership, Catholic Church, parish demographics, lay leadership, parishioners

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190645168
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190645168.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles E. Zech, author
Villanova University

Mary L. Gautier, author
The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), Georgetown University

Mark M. Gray, author
The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), Georgetown University

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