Catholic Practice in North America

Edited by Angela Alaimo O'Donnell, Associate Director of the Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, and John C. Seitz, Assistant Professor, Theology Department, Fordham University


This series aims to contribute to the growing field of Catholic studies through the publication of books devoted to the historical and cultural study of Catholic practice in North America, from the colonial period to the present. As the term “practice” suggests, the series springs from a pressing need in the study of American Catholicism for empirical investigations and creative explorations and analyses of the contours of Catholic experience.


Series Advisory Board:
Emma Anderson, Ottowa University
Paul Contino, Pepperdine University
Kathleen Sprows Cummings, University of Notre Dame
James T. Fisher, Fordham University
Paul Mariani, Boston College
Thomas A. Tweed, University of Texas at Austin

  1. Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker

    Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker (Hardcover)

    The Miracle of Our Continuance Photographs by Vivian Cherry, Text by Dorothy Day, Edited, with an Introduction and additional text by Kate Hennessy
    Price: $39.95
    Compelling and prophetic, Dorothy Day is one of the most enduring icons of American Catholicism. In the depths of the Great Depression and guided by the Works of Mercy, Day, a journalist at the time, published a newspaper, the Catholic Worker
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  2. The Cruelest of All Mothers

    The Cruelest of All Mothers (Hardcover)

    Marie de l'Incarnation, Motherhood, and Christian Tradition Mary Dunn
    Price: $45.00
    In 1631, Marie Guyart stepped over the threshold of the Ursuline convent in Tours, leaving behind her eleven-year-old son, Claude, against the wishes of her family and her own misgivings. Marie concluded, “God was dearer to me than all that. Leaving him therefore in His hands, I bid adieu...

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  3. Pure Act

    Pure Act (Hardcover)

    The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax Michael N. McGregor
    Price: $34.95
    A companion piece to Thomas Merton's bestselling autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain, Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax tells the story...

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  4. The Bread of the Strong

    The Bread of the Strong (Hardcover)

    Lacouturisme and the Folly of the Cross, 1910-1985 Jack Lee Downey
    Price: $60.00
    Contributing to the ongoing excavation of the spiritual lifeworld of Dorothy Day—“the most significant, interesting, and influential person in the history of American Catholicism”—The Bread of the Strong offers compelling new insight into the history of the Catholic Worker...

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  5. More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church

    More than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church (Paperback)

    Inquiry, Thought, and Expression Edited by J. Patrick Hornbeck, II, and Michael A. Norko
    Price: $28.00
    This volume, like its companion, Voices of Our Times, collects essays drawn from a series of public conferences held in autumn 2011 entitled “More than a Monologue.” The series was the fruit of collaboration among four...

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