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Chicago Católico: Making Catholic Parishes Mexican

Deborah E. Kanter


This book uses the Catholic parish to view Mexican immigration and ethnicity in the United States with a focus on Chicago. For Mexican immigrants, the parish had an Americanizing influence on its members. At the same time, many Mexican Americans gained a sense of mexicanidad by participating in the parish’s religious and social events. This process of building a Mexican identity and community in Chicago began in the 1920s. The first parishes served as refuges and as centers of community and identity. Mexicans fiercely attached themselves to specific parishes in Chicago, much like European Amer ... More

Keywords: Chicago, Mexicans, Mexican Americans, immigrants, Catholic, parishes, churches, Spanish, clergy, neighborhoods

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042973
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042973.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deborah E. Kanter, author
Albion College