Spring 1965

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Anthony 1. Vader

The Catholic Church and the Negro Community Report on a jour-dar •ludr conference whi<:h di>cru&ed new areas oJ experimentation in pori>h life.

One fifth of the parishes of the Archdiocese of Chicago are undergoing a racial change - part of the great social revolution that is shaking up the long-established patterns of ·life in the city. The parishes are also beginning to feel the impact of the new theology, the revival of the liturgy, the kerygrnatic approach to religious formation: How these developments affect parish life and how the parish should adjust to them are the biggeSt questions facing the Church today. To attempt at least a partial solution 153 priests from eighty-three parishes gathered Jor four days to discuss "The Catholic Church and the Negro." With the encouragement of Cardinal Meyer the conferenCe was held at St. Mary of the Lake Junior College, Niles, Illinois. The firsi two days were given over to lectures, followed by small group discussions and a question 'period. To these sessions all of the priests· of the Archdiocese were invited. by .priests actively The last. two days were attended principally .. . 19