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David Yamane: How Do People Become Catholic?

Formation, Incorporation, and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Date of Lecture: October 23, 2014

David YamaneAbout the Speaker: David Yamane, associate professor of sociology at Wake Forest University, is author of "Becoming Catholic: Finding Rome in the American Religious Landscape” (Oxford University Press, 2014), "The Catholic Church in State Politics: Negotiating Prophetic Demands and Political Realities" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), and "Real Stories of Christian Initiation: Lessons for and from the RCIA" (The Liturgical Press, 2006). He is associate editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and previously served as editor of Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review.

About the Talk: In his lecture, Yamane notes the significant numbers of adult Americans converting to Catholicism and their motivations why. He also explains the process for becoming Catholic, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults introduced during Vatican II, and, drawing from his sociological study of parishes in Indiana, shows how it works well, and where it does not.

The lecture is one of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.

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