Piety and Nationalism

Piety and Nationalism

Lay Voluntary Associations and the Creation of An Irish-Catholic Community in Toronto, 1850-1895

eBook - 1993
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Lay voluntary associations played a vital role in the creation of a religiously informed ethnic culture among the Irish Catholics in Toronto. Clarke places the Toronto experience in the context of the two Irish-Catholic awakenings - one national, the other religious - in the nineteenth century. While the role of the laity in the nationalist awakening is commonly recognized, their part in the movement for religious renewal is usually minimized. Initiative on the part of the laity has been thought to have existed only outside the church, where it remained a troubling and at times insurgent force. Clarke revises this picture of the role of the laity in church and community.
He examines the rich associational life of the laity, which ranged from nationalist and fraternal associations independent of the church to devotional and philanthropic associations affiliated with the church. Associations both inside and outside the church fostered ethnic conscious ness in different but complementary ways that resulted in a cultural consensus based on denominational loyalty. Through these associations, lay men and women developed an institutional base for the activism and initiative that shaped both their church and their community. Clarke demonstrates that lay activists played a pivotal role in transforming the religious life of the community.
Publisher: Montreal, Quebec : McGill-Queen's University Press, Ă1993
ISBN: 9780773564367
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 340 pages)


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