Disciples of Antigonish: Catholics in Nova Scotia, 1880-1960
Published by: McGill-Queen's University Press
Imprint: McGill-Queen's University Press
Sales Date: 2022-09-15
Published: September 2022
528 Pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 1.50 in, 29 photos, 6 tables
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Disciples of Antigonish recounts the history of this unique multi-ethnic community as it shifted from the firm ultramontanism of the nineteenth century to a more socially conscious Catholicism after the First World War. Peter Ludlow chronicles the faithful as they built a strong Catholic sub-state, dealing with economic uncertainty, generational outmigration, and labour unrest. As the home of the Antigonish Movement – a network of adult study clubs, cooperatives, and credit unions – the diocese became famous throughout the Catholic world.
The influence of “mighty big and strong Antigonish,” as one national figure described the community, reached its zenith in the 1950s. Disciples of Antigonish traces the monumental changes that occurred within the region and the wider church over nearly a century and demonstrates that the Catholic faith in Canada went well beyond Sunday Mass.
“Ludlow’s encyclopaedic grasp of the history of Roman Catholicism in eastern Nova Scotia and his sensitivity to its various themes is remarkable. This work, a compelling, readable, and thoughtful narrative, combined with his other contributions, marks him as an important authority in the history of Maritime Catholicism.” Peter Meehan, St Jerome’s University, University of Waterloo