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The Bread of the StrongLacouturisme and the Folly of the Cross, 1910-1985$
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Jack Downey

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823265435

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823265435.001.0001

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Conversion and Catholic Pacifism

(p.1) Introduction
The Bread of the Strong

Jack Lee Downey

Fordham University Press

This book explores the history and evolution of the Lacouture retreat movement, from its roots in Québec to its southward migration to the United States, where it emerged as spiritual fodder for what seems to be American Catholicism's most profound expression of the radical praxis of liberation. Founded by Onésime Lacouture, an iconoclastic Jesuit evangelist from Québec, the movement as a type of Catholic revivalism would find support from John Hugo, a diocesan priest from Pittsburgh, and Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement. This book examines the sequence of events that furnished the causes and conditions whereby Lacouturisme was born and matured into a provocative phenomenon. It also investigates the impact of the Lacouturisme movement on Catholic Worker theology within the contexts of Christian asceticism, Catholic engagements with “Modernism,” and spiritual transnationalism.

Keywords:   liberation, retreat movement, Catholicism, Onésime Lacouture, Catholic revivalism, John Hugo, Dorothy Day, Catholic Worker movement, Lacouturisme, asceticism

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