The Dominican Republic: The Preacher and His Island

Edward L. Cleary

in The Rise of Charismatic Catholicism in Latin America

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036083
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038285 | DOI:
The Dominican Republic: The Preacher and His Island

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A major Catholic revival occurred in the Dominican Republic. In 2002, among the laity there were 47,145 lay catechists, a high number in a small Catholic population of 5 million. The national church of the Dominican Republic comes second in Latin America in terms of the percentage increase in priests from 1957 to 2008 and third in terms of the percentage increase of graduate-level seminarians during the same period. That time period indicated mostly growth in native-born additions to the priesthood or ranks of seminarians and it reflects the vitality of the lay movements of the country, especially for the Charismatic Renewal movement. What was most notable about the renewal in the Dominican Republic was, first, the ease with which the movement took hold, again showing its translatability from one culture to another. After initial resistance, especially on the part of the clergy, the movement grew quickly. Tardif acted as a cultural broker for the transnational movement in its incorporation within the Dominican church.

Keywords: Catholic revival; Dominican Republic; national church; Latin America; seminarians

Chapter.  7646 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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