Lessons learned from an in-depth study of and an immersive experience at St. Mary of the Angels, a small, poor, urban Catholic parish in Boston, are at the heart of a new book by Boston College alumna Susan Bigelow Reynolds. People Get Ready: Ritual, Solidarity, and Lived Ecclesiology in Catholic Roxbury (Fordham University Press, 2023) weaves together archived letters, oral histories, stories, photographs, newspaper articles, and archdiocesan documents to trace how St. Mary’s parish stayed open and thrived by parishioners making solidarity an ecclesial virtue. Reynolds is an assistant professor of Catholic studies at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. She graduated from the School of Theology and Ministry with a M.T.S. in 2013 and from the University’s Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences with a Ph.D. in 2018. She gave a talk on her book earlier this month at Boston College, where she was honored with the STM Alumni Distinguished Service Award. Read more from BC News.
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