The New, Lay Face of Missionaries
For many Catholics, the word missionary brings to mind a centuries-old image of a priest planting a cross in a foreign land and teaching, baptizing and celebrating Mass for its people.
Jesus loves imperfect people. On that score, all of us qualify.
Books and Culture
The permanent diaconate, a reality in the ecclesial structure of the church in the United States since its renewal by the Second Vatican
In the Los Angeles area, a community of observant Jews wants to bring picnic baskets to the beach on Saturdays.
Early Christian literature, both Greek and Latin, tells us that there is a long history of Christian women living in celibate communities of
Columns and Departments
Six Questions for Vincent Gragnani
In the July 30-August 6 edition of America, Vincent Gragnani writes about the new, lay face of missionaries. As the number of priests and religious ministry around the globe declines, he writes, lay people are helping to fill the gap. Mr. Gragnani is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego and a former staff writer at the Southern Cross, the diocesan newspaper of the diocese of San Diego. In addition to publishing in America, he has written for St. Anthony Messenger, One and U.S. Catholic. Mr. Gragnani agreed to discuss his article by email. How many lay missionaries are working today?