Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America's Largest Church

Princeton University Press
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Most histories of Catholicism in the United States focus on the experience of Euro-American Catholics, whose views on social issues have dominated public debates. Latino Catholicism provides a comprehensive overview of the Latino Catholic experience in America from the sixteenth century to today, and offers the most in-depth examination to date of the important ways the U.S. Catholic Church, its evolving Latino majority, and American culture are mutually transforming one another.

In Latino Catholicism, Timothy Matovina highlights the vital contributions of Latinos to American religious and social life, demonstrating in particular how their engagement with the U.S. cultural milieu is the most significant factor behind their ecclesial and societal impact.

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Timothy Matovina is professor of theology and executive director of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. His books include Guadalupe and Her Faithful: Latino Catholics in San Antonio, from Colonial Origins to the Present and Horizons of the Sacred: Mexican Traditions in U.S. Catholicism.
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Princeton University Press
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Published on
Nov 7, 2011
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Pages
328
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ISBN
9781400839735
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Christianity / Catholic
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / General
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / Hispanic American Studies
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San Antonio native, military veteran, merchant, and mayor pro tem José Antonio Menchaca (1800–1879) was one of only a few Tejano leaders to leave behind an extensive manuscript of recollections. Portions of the document were published in 1907, followed by a “corrected” edition in 1937, but the complete work could not be published without painstaking reconstruction. At last available in its entirety, Menchaca’s book of reminiscences captures the social life, people, and events that shaped the history of Texas’s tumultuous transformation during his lifetime. Highlighting not only Menchaca’s acclaimed military service but also his vigorous defense of Tejanos’ rights, dignity, and heritage, Recollections of a Tejano Life charts a remarkable legacy while incorporating scholarly commentary to separate fact from fiction.

Revealing how Tejanos perceived themselves and the revolutionary events that defined them, this wonderfully edited volume presents Menchaca’s remembrances of such diverse figures as Antonio López de Santa Anna, Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, General Adrián Woll, Comanche chief “Casamiro,” and Texas Ranger Jack Hays. Menchaca and his fellow Tejanos were actively engaged in local struggles as Mexico won her independence from Spain; later many joined the fight to establish the Republic of Texas, only to see it annexed to the United States nine years after the Battle of San Jacinto. This first-person account corrects important misconceptions and brings previously unspoken truths vividly to life.

Timothy Matovina, a leading speaker and expert on the growth of Hispanics in the Catholic Church in the United States, offers a timely and much-needed introduction to ministry with Hispanic Catholics. Written in Spanish for pastoral ministers preparing for or involved in Hispanic ministry of all kinds, Ministerio hispano is an accessible guide to the history, spirituality, potential, and pastoral needs of Hispanics in the Church in America.

More than 30 million people in the United States identify themselves as Catholic and Hispanic, according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University. CARA also notes that Hispanic Catholics accounted for about 40 percent of all growth in parishes between 2005-2010. Drawing on his personal experience with Latino culture and decades of working with Hispanic parishes, Timothy Matovina--codirector of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame--provides a basic introduction suitable for the variety of leaders working in Catholic parishes.

This essential booklet explores five key dimensions of ministry with Hispanic Catholics:A brief history of Hispanic Catholics in the United StatesHow Hispanics are transforming parishesThe importance of apostolic movements such as Cursillo and Charismatic RenewalLiturgy, and popular devotion, especially to MaryFaith formation of children and young peopleWith discussion and reflection questions and a key text from a Church document at the end of each chapter, the booklet is ideal for use in small-groups and formation programs. The book is available only in Spanish.
San Antonio native, military veteran, merchant, and mayor pro tem José Antonio Menchaca (1800–1879) was one of only a few Tejano leaders to leave behind an extensive manuscript of recollections. Portions of the document were published in 1907, followed by a “corrected” edition in 1937, but the complete work could not be published without painstaking reconstruction. At last available in its entirety, Menchaca’s book of reminiscences captures the social life, people, and events that shaped the history of Texas’s tumultuous transformation during his lifetime. Highlighting not only Menchaca’s acclaimed military service but also his vigorous defense of Tejanos’ rights, dignity, and heritage, Recollections of a Tejano Life charts a remarkable legacy while incorporating scholarly commentary to separate fact from fiction.

Revealing how Tejanos perceived themselves and the revolutionary events that defined them, this wonderfully edited volume presents Menchaca’s remembrances of such diverse figures as Antonio López de Santa Anna, Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, General Adrián Woll, Comanche chief “Casamiro,” and Texas Ranger Jack Hays. Menchaca and his fellow Tejanos were actively engaged in local struggles as Mexico won her independence from Spain; later many joined the fight to establish the Republic of Texas, only to see it annexed to the United States nine years after the Battle of San Jacinto. This first-person account corrects important misconceptions and brings previously unspoken truths vividly to life.

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