The Virgin of El Barrio: Marian Apparitions, Catholic Evangelizing, and Mexican American Activism

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NYU Press, May 1, 2005 - Religion - 291 pages
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In 1998, a Mexican American woman named Estela Ruiz began seeing visions of the Virgin Mary in south Phoenix. The apparitions and messages spurred the creation of Mary’s Ministries, a Catholic evangelizing group, and its sister organization, ESPIRITU, which focuses on community-based initiatives and social justice for Latinos/as.

Based on ten years of participant observation and in-depth interviews, The Virgin of El Barrio traces the spiritual transformation of Ruiz, the development of the community that has sprung up around her, and the international expansion of their message. Their organizations blend popular and official Catholicism as well as evangelical Protestant styles of praise and worship, shedding light on Catholic responses to the tensions between popular and official piety and the needs of Mexican Americans.

 

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Like so many other multicultural texts, Kristy Nabhan-Warren’s The Virgin of El Barrio: Marian Apparitions, Catholic Evangelizing, and Mexican American Activism, projects images of the white female as ... Read full review

Contents

The Ruiz Family Narratives
52
The Blessed Mothers Messages
82
Fighting Fire with Fire
136
The Dialectics of Faith and Place
180
Grassroots Catholicism
214
Bibliography
251
Index
271
About the Author
291
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Kristy Nabhan-Warren is assistant professor of American religions at Augustana College, Rock Island, IL.

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