Seasons of Grace: A History of the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit

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Wayne State University Press, Dec 1, 1992 - History - 616 pages
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Seasons of Grace is a history of the catholic Church and community in southern lower Michigan from the 1830s through the 1950s. More than a chronicle of clerical successions and institutional expansion, the book also examines those social and cultural influences that affected the development of the Catholic community.

To document the course of institutional growth in the diocese, Tentler devotes a portion of the book to tracing the evolution of administrative structures at the Chancery and the founding of parishes, parochial schools, and social welfare organizations. Substantial attention is also given to the social history of the Catholic community, reflected in changes in religious practice, parish life and governance, and the role of women in church organizations and in devotional activities. Tentler also discusses the issue of Catholics in state and local politics and Catholic practice with regard to abortion, contraception, and intermarriage.

  

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Contents

THREE BISHOPS
13
THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS
34
THE EXPERIENCE OF THE LAITY
56
4
83
5
98
THE FOLEY EPISCOPATE
115
Aspirations and Modest Achievements
122
7
137
Charity and Social Service
224
9
230
10
261
Politics
267
In Wartime
275
Catholics and Protestants in Michigans Small Towns
282
THE GALLAGHER AND MOONEY EPISCOPATES
297
12
366

The Priests Career
146
Priests in Trouble
156
A TIME OF TRANSITION
166
Liturgy and Devotions
174
Death and the Catholic Religious Sensibility
182
Religious Education
189
Social Life
196
Parish Government
218
THE LAITY
402
14
443
15
473
FROM 1958 TO THE PRESENT
519
ABBREVIATIONS
529
INDEX
577
Copyright

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About the author (1992)

Leslie Woodcock Tentler is a professor of history at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She holds the Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan.

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