The Joy of Y'at Catholicism

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"Just as all Y'at Orleanians know dat a true miracle is a Catlick family wid less than five kids, and da priest's benediction is da starting block for da mad dash to da parking lot, now dey'll know dat if dere's ever an archbishop of Y'ats, it'll be Earl Higgins-excuse me, Oil Higgins."
--Angus Lind, New Orleans Times-Picayune

"Where y'at?" is a universal greeting for New Orleanians; it is shorthand for "How are you?" So much of New Orleans' culture is shorthand, a fusion of the city's rich immigrant culture that...

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"Just as all Y'at Orleanians know dat a true miracle is a Catlick family wid less than five kids, and da priest's benediction is da starting block for da mad dash to da parking lot, now dey'll know dat if dere's ever an archbishop of Y'ats, it'll be Earl Higgins-excuse me, Oil Higgins."
--Angus Lind, New Orleans Times-Picayune

"Where y'at?" is a universal greeting for New Orleanians; it is shorthand for "How are you?" So much of New Orleans' culture is shorthand, a fusion of the city's rich immigrant culture that defines the community by its music, food, and traditions. From the city's inception, the Catholic faith has influenced this evolution, with education and devotion being the cornerstones.

Modern secular life--the way New Orleanians celebrate the joys and sorrows of living--also has its roots in Catholicism. From street and civil parish names to Mardi Gras, from the high school a New Orleanian attended to what he eats on Fridays, the joie de vivre spirit of faith shines through. Higgins, a proud Y'at Catholic, humorously shares the quirky shorthand of this aspect of New Orleans life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589804104
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,366,259
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Retired from the United States Navy and the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, as the assistant director of staff attorneys, Higgins is a ranger at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and writes a column of humor, satire, and whimsy for the Delta Sierran, a bimonthly publication of the Sierra Club. A member of St. Thomas More Parish of Tulane University, he and his wife, Janet, are the parents of three grown children and reside in River Ridge, Louisiana.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2007

    funny and informative

    Read this book and you will know what it means to miss New Orleans. In New Orleans even the Jews are Catholic. A wonderful desciption of a unique culture, America's most interesting city.

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