Honoring the 10th Anniversary of the Centre for Catholic Studies @ Durham University (Durham, UK)

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University, an extraordinary initiative of the Department of Theology and Religion and founder/director Prof. Paul Murray. Highlights of the week were many, among them: provoking keynote addresses and panels; dinner inside the Durham Castle; a lively evening of dancing and singing; and the first Catholic Mass in the Durham Cathedral since the Reformation.

My keynote panel with Alana Harris and Anna Rowlands on social scientific approaches to Catholicism sparked great discussion. Grateful for the invitation to speak.

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The Sociology of Parishes

Born of The American Parish Project (which I co-lead with Gary Adler and Brian Starks), a forum I edited on the sociology of parishes appears in the latest issue of American Catholic Studies. It features exceptional essays by sociologists James Cavendish, the late Mary Ellen Konieczny, and Carol Ann MacGregor.

This same issue also features a review symposium of my latest book, Parish and Place: Making Room for Diversity in the American Catholic Church. I am grateful for critically engaging essays from Tia Pratt, William Clark, SJ, and John Francis Burke.

Subscribe to American Catholic Studies by joining the American Catholic Historical Society, or access online issues via Project Muse.

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Forthcoming -> American Parishes (an edited volume)

My coedited volume with Gary Adler and Brian Starks – American Parishes: Remaking Local Catholicism – will soon join the Fordham University Press series on Catholic Practice in North America! Expected release date is Spring 2019. The book features a discussion of sociological approaches to parish studies alongside chapters by an all-star list of contributors: Nancy Ammerman, Kathleen Garces-Foley, Mark Gray, Tia Pratt, John Coleman, Brett Hoover, Courtney Irby, and Mary Jo Bane. Ready your bookshelves!!

Review of Parish and Place in “Review of Religious Research” Journal

Review of Religious Research, the official journal for the Religious Research Association, has just released a review of my newest book, Parish and Place. Elfriede Wedam suggests that the book is “essential reading in Catholic studies” and that “non-Catholics will benefit from the clarity of explanations regarding evolving institutional structures.” Her summary and questions will enrich discussions of the book in both scholarly and applied circles. Read the review in its entirety here.

Seminar Lecture at Durham University

I am honored to be in residence for January 2018 as a Faculty Fellow of the Centre for Catholic Studies, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, Durham, England.

During my time here, I will lead a research seminar entitled Parishes and Placemaking: Observations from the Making (and Unmaking) of Catholicism in Modern Communities. A recording of this seminar will be available following the January 18, 2018 event.