PADRES: Latino Community Priests and Social Action

Mario T. García

in Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780195162271
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850365 | DOI:
PADRES: Latino Community Priests and Social Action

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This chapter looks at different examples of Chicano community priests based on oral histories with three Chicano priests. They include Father Juan Romero, a diocesan priest in Los Angeles; Father Luis Quihuis, a Jesuit in Santa Barbara; and Father Virgil Elizondo, a diocesan priest in San Antonio. These three versions of community priests involve, in turn, three models of community priests: the community activist, the community organizer, and the cultural worker. These categories are only of significance for an analysis of the concept of community priests and are not meant to be reductionist. All three priests in one way or another provide leadership in each category. The distinctions are only meant to stress a particular emphasis that characterizes the work of each of them.

Keywords: Latino priests; Christian community priests; Father Juan Romero; Father Luis Quihuis; Father Virgil Elizondo

Chapter.  9150 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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