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Catholic Parishes of the 21st Century (Hardback)
  • Catholic Parishes of the 21st Century (Hardback)

Catholic Parishes of the 21st Century (Hardback)

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Hardback 176 Pages / Published: 06/01/2017
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A seminal moment in the study of U.S. Catholic parish life came in the 1980s with the publication of a series of reports from the ground-breaking Notre Dame Study of Catholic Parish Life. These reports are now badly outdated, as Catholic dioceses grapple with new challenges that didnt exist in the 80s. Topics that were not considered then, like greater Catholic mobility, increased cultural diversity, and structural re-organization as well as the rise of lay leadership, have attained new significance. This timely book, based on more than a decade of research, provides an in-depth portrait and analysis of the current state of parish life and leadership. Unique in the scope of the research and the timeliness of its findings, the book critically examines the current state of parish life. The authors draw on data from national polls of Catholics, national surveys of parishes, and thousands of in-pew surveys which explore parishioner's needs, experiences, and satisfaction with parish life in the twenty-first century. The book provides a unique 360- degree view of parish life from the perspective of pastors, parish staff, parishioners, as well as the larger Catholic population.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190645168
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 380 g
Dimensions: 241 x 172 x 21 mm

Much needed, intellectually rich, and clearly written... This ambitious project is a highly commendable work that is a vital resource for understanding American Catholic life and, specifically, how parishes operate and function in the context of the twenty-first century. The book illuminates how religious structures like American parishes are currently adapting to serve the needs of their parishioners in this changing context. * Aprilfaye Manalang, Sociology of Religion *
The book provides an excellent background for scholars of religion, pastoral experts, and theologians to bring the best of our methodological tools to weigh on the information available. We ought to be grateful for the groundwork done in this book. * Hoffmann Ospino, Reading Religion *
Parish life is a topic of fundamental importance to the Catholic Church in the United States and its 70 million-plus members. Catholic Parishes of the 21st Century: The Challenges of Mobility, Diversity, and Reconfiguration provides a treasure-trove of data about every key aspect of life in these institutions. Of particular value to those who lead parishes, the book may well transform their approaches to ministry. At the same time vocation directors, too, will find vital information that leads them to new considerations in the way they work. * Horizon *
Catholic Parishes of the 21st Century is an essential resource both for scholars of American Catholicism and for those involved in parish and diocesan planning. The authors have produced a timely and important study that reveals the close relationship between demographic shifts among American Catholics over the last three decades and the changes and challenges faced in their parishes. Rich in statistical detail, the book's analyses paint a fine-grained portrait of a living Church seeking to respond pastorally to the increasing diversity of its flock. * Mary Ellen Konieczny, Associate Professor of Sociology and Henkels Family Collegiate Chair, University of Notre Dame *
Though ecclesial and apostolic movements have rightly gained growing recognition among Catholic leaders in recent decades, in the United States the parish remains the basic organizational unit of the Church. Catholic Parishes of the 21st Century is the most comprehensive demographic and statistical snapshot of the changing realities within these faith communities. It is an essential resource for anyone interested in the present and future of parish life. s
Catholic Parishes of the 21st Century informs and illuminates on every page. Demographics, finances, clerical and lay leadership, administrative strategies and more: So much is addressed here. It is an essential sociological snapshot for anyone wanting to think clearly about U.S. parishes in all their complexity and amid the various trends and challenges that affect them today. * Jerome P. Baggett, Author of Sense of the Faithful: How American Catholics Live Their Faith *

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