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About This Journal

The Journal of Global Catholicism is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal dedicated to fostering the understanding of diverse forms of lived Catholicism with attention to their significance for theoretical approaches within and across multiple academic disciplines.

Articles and essays in the Journal of Global Catholicism may address:

  • classical topics in the study of lived Catholicism, such as devotion to Mary and the saints, pilgrimage, and popular visions and apparitions;
  • modes of secularity and post-secularity as they relate to lived Catholicism;
  • race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and indigeneity;
  • lived Catholic theologies;
  • various types of movements involving lay Catholics, including but not limited to healing, liberation, post-colonial, and Charismatic movements;
  • Catholic charitable service and economic development;
  • religious formation in the lives of Catholic laypeople;
  • migration, travel, tourism, and shrine cultures;
  • Catholic material cultures; and
  • methodological discussions in the study and pedagogy of lived Catholicism.

Lived Catholicism is an intentionally broad designation that encompasses the various ways Catholicism is expressed and embodied through practical human activity. Within this rubric, submissions are encouraged that explore the ways Catholics are developing a global sense of what it means to be Catholic today by considering the implications of Catholic expressions and embodiments in relation to issues of global concern. Studies that are broadly comparative in scope are encouraged as are specific case studies. Articles that draw upon ethnographic, historical, or theological methods are all appropriate; photo essays and articles that examine issues in the teaching of global Catholicism are also welcome. All publications in the Journal of Global Catholicism are intended to be of interest to professional audiences in academic disciplines where religion is studied, including anthropology, history, sociology, media studies, psychology, theology, and philosophy.

The Journal of Global Catholicism is part of the Catholics & Cultures initiative, to explore the religious lives and practices of Catholics around the world. It is administered by the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. Learn more at catholicsandcultures.org or email the editors at JGCEditors@holycross.edu.