- About This Issue
Historians have paid significant attention to early to mid-nineteenth century Catholic immigration to the United States, yet, the number of Catholic immigrants in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century far surpassed the earlier waves. Catholic immigrants from Germany and Ireland were increasingly joined by Italian, Polish, Hungarian and Mexican arrivals by the late 1800s. More recently, Catholic immigration has shifted again with rising numbers of Latino and Asian immigrants. This issue provides several studies of the "new immigrants," focusing on specific immigrant groups, their relationship to the Church, and their experiences in the U.S. from the late nineteenth century to today.
Timothy Matovina is a professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame. He has also served for many years as one of the consulting editors of U.S. Catholic Historian.
Felicia Moralez, a recent graduate from the doctoral program in United States history at the University of Notre Dame, wrote her dissertation on the Mexican diaspora in the industrial Midwest. Her contribution to this issue is drawn from her doctoral research.
Anita Casavantes Bradford is associate professor of history and Chicano/Latino studies at the University of California Irvine.
Simon C. Kim, a priest of the Diocese of Orange, California, is the director of intercultural initiatives at the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University–Berkeley Campus in Berkeley, California.
Tuan Hoang is assistant professor of Great Books and history at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California.
Todd Scribner is an independent researcher living in Washington, D.C.
Gerald A. Arbuckle, S.M., is co-director of Refounding and Pastoral Development in Sydney, Australia. [End Page i]