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Catholics & Cultures — College of the Holy Cross launches global online resource

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Catholics & Cultures — College of the Holy Cross launches global online resource


Catholics and cultures focuses not so
much on the church as an institution. Our effort is really to find out what it’s
like to be Catholic in a particular context. The web gives us such a
tremendous resource for this project because it allows people to see images,
to hear, to read in a little bit more depth about it, to listen to an interview with
a person about his or her practice in a particular place. There’s been nothing like that available
to us ever before. The focus is on ordinary lay Catholicism, on lived religion, how people live out their practice. How do they practice at home? There are stories that we can tell on a
site about Catholic life and practice in places where Catholics are a minority
religion, where life in the culture is shaped whether by Hinduism, by Buddhism. There’s a great story
to tell in different places around the world about charismatic practice,
about American evangelical type religion that’s been taken to places but
oftentimes adapted in ways that I never would have imagined. As we develop the
site, there are a number of students who have
been involved in the research with us. One in Jamaica, three who spent summer
doing research in Italy. Other students have done some
research for us in Peru where they were doing summer work. They visited a Marian shrine that had a
one day a year feast. I think of Catholics and cultures as part of a
larger initiative in our own strategic plan that will really help prepare
students for leadership in a 21st century church and that’s a church that
is global, that has people from other parts of the world coming to Holy Cross
but also that’s going to be shaped by the perspectives of people from other
parts of the world

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2 thoughts on “Catholics & Cultures — College of the Holy Cross launches global online resource”

  1. George mutholil says:

    Great beginnings Tom…keep it up…

    George

  2. Faith Flaherty says:

    Defining the word "catholic."

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