Cura Animarum:

The Sacred Heart Province of the Order of Friars Minor in North America: 1858–2023

by Joseph Zimmerman OFM



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/11/2023

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 350
ISBN : 9781663253170
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 350
ISBN : 9781663253163

About the Book

Cura animarum was once used to describe the role of priests: to care for souls, not bodies. This ensured that priests would ignore the external characteristics of the person they were serving. Today, ordained priests are assisted in most parishes by deacons and laity. Therefore, friar brothers and priests see their places in the church as ministers who save souls and share stories of Jesus, themselves, and of the people they minister. With the intent of preserving a record of institutional structures that have shaped the lives of the friars of the Province of the Sacred Heart, Father Joseph Zimmerman reflects on a time when the province had over seven hundred members while vividly describing the parishes and other ministries carried out by its friar brothers and priests over the past one hundred and sixty years. This resource is shared for those wishing to study developments in a group of vowed religious men as they moved from flourishing roles in immigrant US Catholicism to respond to changes in the Catholic Church and the wider society during the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Cura Animarum details how Franciscan friars from Germany shaped Catholicism in the United States and responded to cultural trends in the late twentieth century.

About the Author

Joseph Zimmerman, OFM, PhD, was born in Decatur, Illinois and entered the Franciscan Order in 1955. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1962 and earned a doctorate in sociology from Harvard University in 1973. Father Zimmerman has been teaching at Quincy University since 1970. His recent interests focus on promoting Pope Francis's approach to religious issues within the Catholic church and among religions worldwide.