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Call for Chapter Proposals: American Patroness: National Shrines to Mary and the Making of US Catholicism

Call for Chapter Proposals: American Patroness: National Shrines to Mary and the Making of US Catholicism Editors: Karen Park, St. Norbert College and Katherine Dugan, Springfield College

The virgin mother of Jesus has a mutable role in US Catholicism. She appears in rural Wisconsin and in urban New York City. She is at home in backyards and under highway overpasses. The Virgin Mary—in her many forms, ranging from Guadalupe to Fatima to Immaculate Conception—is also venerated at well-funded shrines and massive pilgrimage sites across the country. In the U.S. Mary has been both the focus of intimate personal devotion and an icon of ethnic identities and political movements.

American Patroness: National Shrines to Mary and the Making of US Catholicism will examine the role of Marian shrines in contemporary US Catholicism. This collection will include essays that use a range of ethnographic methods and archival resources to understand the ways Catholics have used Marian devotion to make …

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