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Timothy Matovina

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691139791

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691139791.001.0001

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Parishes and Apostolic Movements

Parishes and Apostolic Movements

(p.98) Chapter 4 Parishes and Apostolic Movements
Latino Catholicism

Timothy Matovina

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines how the growth of Pentecostal and evangelical religions among Latinos, as well as the erosion of religious commitment in a secular culture of choice, are momentous challenges for Catholic outreach ministries. Ongoing difficulties within apostolic movements and parishes often detract from their evangelizing potential. Yet even these struggles are an indicator of the Hispanic presence and influence within the faith communities of U.S. Catholicism. Hispanic influences at the local level have one driving force in common: leadership. From pastors to prayer group leaders, effective Latina and Latino leaders enhance the ministries of parishes and apostolic movements. Conversely, the absence of such leaders or the ineffectiveness of poorly formed or self-serving leaders can pose a major detriment to building vibrant faith communities.

Keywords:   Latinos, evangelical religions, Pentecost, U.S. Catholicism, apostolic movements, Hispanic influence, Latina leaders, faith communities, pentecostal religion

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