The Emergence of African American Catholic Worship

Mary E. McGann and Eva Marie Lumas

in Let It Shine!

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229918
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236633 | DOI:
The Emergence of African American Catholic Worship

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This chapter provides a historical overview of the emergence of Black Catholic worship, documenting and interpreting the historical forces that served as catalyst, the prophetic leadership that guided the process, the liturgical and contextual issues that shaped the movement, and the fruits of this journey that have now been released into the larger American church. To do this, it draws on a range of resources—books, articles, media, surveys, scholarly insights from various disciplines, and conversations with persons within and beyond the Catholic Church. It concludes by addressing the present and future challenges that Black Catholics face as they continue their journey of faith, discerning the distinctive patterns that can express their worship of the living God in a changing social, cultural, and ecclesial context.

Keywords: Black Catholics; African American Catholics; worship; American church; Catholic worship

Chapter.  15281 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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