The mystical body of Christ in Catherine de Hueck Doherty's Vision for Lay Apostolate

The mystical body of Christ in Catherine de Hueck Doherty
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Religion and Theology
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I. Title The Mystical Body of Christ in Catherine de Hueck Doherty’s Vision for Lay Apostolate II. Introduction The key theological theme or themes of Catherine de Huek Doherty’s vision for lay apostolate constitute an important area of inquiry in historical theology.


Third, Doherty had been a prolific writer and her works continue to influence many people, lay and religious. The lay apostolates she founded, the Madonna House and the Friendship House, continue to publish her writings, articulate her views, venerate her life, and propagate her writings. Finally or fourth, a number of non-famous and famous lay workers—like Dorothy Day—have expressed that they have been inspired by Doherty. Through the identification of the key perspectives espoused by Doherty, it is possible to explore central theological themes or theme through which the lay apostolates of the pre-Vatican II Catholic Action era were built and how the laity implemented the papal encyclicals of pre-Vatican II. Doherty has been known as a refugee from the Russian Revolution who had possessed nothing more than the clothes she was wearing and the deep religious faith she embraced since childhood. She had lived as a Russian Baroness and as a beggar. She avoided death during her escape from the Bolsheviks and walked in the shoes of both the rich and the poor.1 During the 1920s, her first years in the United States and Canada, she made her living in temporary jobs. While working at a department store, she was overheard talking about her experiences as a member of the Russian nobility, and was offered an opportunity to travel and deliver speeches on the subject. ...
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