New Faces of Canadian Catholics: The Asians
Publication date: 2009-09-30
Number of pages: 320
Canada, like the United States, is a country of immigrants, and Canadian churches, like their southern cousins, are churches of immigrants. Since 1970, Asian immigrant history has been crucial to understanding Canadian religious history.
This highly readable book on Canadian Asian Catholics will be of interest not only to that community but also to Canadian Catholics of various backgrounds and to scholars at large. Combining the stories of Asian Catholics in Canada with traditional sources, Jesuit historian Terence Fay has written a narrative history of their arrival, settlement, and integration into Canadian life. This book is a valuable contribution to Canadian awareness of the cultural riches and human resources that Asian Catholics share with Canadians.
New Faces of Canadian Catholics focuses on five of the largest groups of Asian Catholics - Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Tamil, and Vietnamese - because of their distinct characteristics and challenges as they adapt to their new lives. They offer unique windows on how their communities are putting down roots in the Catholic Church and Canadian society.
Terence J. Fay is a Jesuit priest and the author of A History of Canadian Catholics: Gallicanism, Romanism, and Canadianism (McGill-Queen's University Press). He is a faculty member of the Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto.