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Take a Deep Dive into the History of the Catholic Church in North America
New book takes readers on a unique and historical Catholic pilgrimage

Carmel Communications
July 12, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO, July 12, 2022 /Christian Newswire/ -- While histories of the Catholic Church in the United States are plentiful, most suffer from an excess of either scholarly detachment or popular triumphalism. AMERICAN PILGRIMAGE: A HISTORICAL JOURNEY THROUGH CATHOLIC LIFE IN A NEW WORLD (Augustine Institute/Ignatius Press) seeks instead to draw on the best of current scholarship to tell the story of the Church as it understands itself: the Body of Christ, divinely ordained yet marred by sin, charged with the mission of spreading the Gospel and building up the community of the faithful.

Similar to a pilgrimage, where there are many roads to get to the same place and pilgrims cannot take them all, AMERICAN PILGRIMAGE maps out the story of the Catholic Church from the dramatic efforts at evangelization in the colonial period, to the Catholic urban villages of the immigrant Church, to the struggles to reimagine tradition in the late-20th century.

Author Christopher Shannon is an associate professor of history at Christendom College. He is the author of several works of American cultural and intellectual history, including, with Christopher O. Blum, The Past as Pilgrimage: Narrative, Tradition and the Renewal of Catholic History.

AMERICAN PILGRIMAGE is ultimately a dramatic tale that weaves the most significant parts of the Catholic Church's own journey in North America from its founding until the present day.

"Christopher Shannon draws on his own profound learning and deep faith to examine the long and challenging journey of the Church from the days of Columbus and Juan Diego through our own times," said Rev. Wilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C., professor of history, University of Notre Dame.

For more information, to request a media review copy, or to schedule an interview Christopher Shannon, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com) of Carmel Communications.

SOURCE Carmel Communications

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