Two Centuries of Faith: The Influence of Catholicism on Boston: 1808-2008

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To celebrate the archdiocese of Boston’s bicentennial, this informative volume chronicles a wide range of Boston history with a particular concentration on religion. Each chapter examines a different angle of the Church’s past by focusing on influential figures, including Bishop Cheverus, John F. Kennedy, and Elizabeth Seton. Contributors—such as Libby MacDonald Bischof, François Gauthier, Carol Hurd Green, and Rev. Joseph M. O’Keefe, SJ—also provide keen insights into the future of the city and its faith in this...

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Overview

To celebrate the archdiocese of Boston’s bicentennial, this informative volume chronicles a wide range of Boston history with a particular concentration on religion. Each chapter examines a different angle of the Church’s past by focusing on influential figures, including Bishop Cheverus, John F. Kennedy, and Elizabeth Seton. Contributors—such as Libby MacDonald Bischof, François Gauthier, Carol Hurd Green, and Rev. Joseph M. O’Keefe, SJ—also provide keen insights into the future of the city and its faith in this valuable reference.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824525316
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Series: The Church in the 21st Century
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas H. O’Connor is a professor emeritus and a university historian at Boston College. He is the author of Boston A to Z and The Hub: Boston Past and Present. He lives in Boston.

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Table of Contents

Presentation vi

Introduction Thomas H. O'Connor 1

1 From Jean de Cheverus to Jacques Maritain: Two Centuries of French Presence in the Archdiocese of Boston Francois Gauthier 9

2 Papism and Politics in Massachusetts Thomas H. O'Connor 23

3 Charity, Justice, and the Church in Boston: The Work of Catholic Charities J. Bryan Hehir 51

4 Catholic Schools: A Tradition of Responsiveness to Non-Dominant Cultures Joseph M. O'Keefe Aubrey J. Scheopner 72

5 "I Am a Catholic Just as I Am a Dweller on the Planet": John Boyle O'Reilly, Louise Imogen Guiney, and a Model of Exceptionalist Catholic Literature in Boston Libby MacDonald Bischof 112

6 People of Faith, People of Color: Two Hundred Years of Diversity in the Archdiocese of Boston William C. Leonard 145

7 The Role of Women in the Archdiocese of Boston, 1808-2008 Carol Hurd Green 170

8 Changing Patterns of Parish Life William T. Schmidt 201

9 Boston's Catholics and Their Bishops: A Comparative View James M. O'Toole 237

Contributors 276

Notes 279

Index 319

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