The 13th Annual Myser Award and Lecture. The Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity. Catholic Identity: Past, Present...and Future?
Most Americans grow up with a religious identity. So, growing up Catholic was not unique--only distinctive. Born in 1941, Steinfels was surrounded by Catholics (people, communities, institutions). Her generation was the last of one distinctive immigrant culture on its way to Americanization.
How will the bounty of that identity reach new generations and new immigrants? Will it? A look at Catholic Identity with a story, an analysis, and some questions.
Margaret O'Brien Steinfels is a writer and magazine editor of: Commonweal, Church, Christianity and Crisis, The Hastings Center Report; and the author of Who's Minding the Children: The History and Politics of Day Care in America. Her reviews and essays have appeared in America, Dissent, The New Republic, The New York Times, Slate and the Washington Post Book Review.
This lecture is sponsored by the Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity.