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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Charles William Dahm  

Pen Name: Charles W. Dahm

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1937 in Chicago,Illinois

-- Charles W Dahm on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Rev. Dahm was born and raised in Chicago and still lives in the area.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dominican Father Charles W. Dahm, who was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1974, is an author and advocate for peace and justice issues for the Dominican Men of North America.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Power and Authority in the Catholic Church: Cardinal Cody in Chicago
ISBN: 0268015465

Univ of Notre Dame Pr. 1982

Parish Ministry in a Hispanic Community
ISBN: 0809142724

Paulist Press. 2004

Hispanics constitute "more than one third of Catholics in the United States," and account for "seventy one per cent of Catholic growth." By the year 2050, "eighty six per cent of American Catholics will be Hispanic," with Mexicans constituting the largest and fastest growing segment of the Hispanic population in the United States.

In response, this comprehensive and important book, built around the model of one urban Hispanic parish, St. Pius V in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, details the ways that Hispanics, Mexicans, in particular, can be integrated into the Church and still retain their unique identity. The book embraces Mexicans' deep, vibrant religiosity, rooted in their love of native language, music, rich adornment, ritual, and tradition, and responds to their problems, machismo, loneliness, isolation, discrimination, marginalization, by highlighting a network of parish resources made available to them--from soup kitchens, shelters and secondhand clothing stores, to parenting, marriage and family counseling programs, to organizing Comunidades de Base, Christian Base Communities, fiestas, street fairs, communal celebrations that meld liturgy and culture. A fact-filled, well-considered look at the future face-multicultural and non-white--of the American Catholic Church, Parish Ministry in a Hispanic Community is a must-read for students and teachers of theology, and especially, clergy, laity, parishes and parishioners. In short, the Church itself.

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