Dominican Catholics in New York: A history of mutual enrichment between two local churches

Juan Lulio Blanchard, Fordham University


This dissertation studies the lived experience of faith of the Dominican Catholic community in the Archdiocese of New York. As preamble, it explores briefly the origin of the Dominican people as well as the history of the Church in both the Dominican Republic and New York, and the Dominican immigration to New York. The central argument of the study is that Dominican Catholics have contributed significantly to the development and strengthening of the pastoral work of the Archdiocese of New York. The study examines the experience of faith and contributions of the Dominican Catholic through their participation in parishes, ecclesial movements such as Cursillo, Charismatic Renewal and others. It also explores the participation in the presbiterium and the diaconate. The relationship between the Church in the Dominican Republic and the Church in New York is another aspect studied in this dissertation. Data came from interviews with lay people, priests, religious, deacons and bishops, both from New York and from the Dominican Republic. The historical exploration was made through the analysis of documents in archives both in the Dominican Republic and in New York. The investigation concludes that Dominican Catholics in New York have been committed to the mission of the Church, offering plentiful fruits not only among the laity, but also among the clergy. We found also that, despite the contrasting historical development of both churches, the relationship between them has been one of mutual enrichment.

Subject Area

Religious history|Latin American Studies

Recommended Citation

Blanchard, Juan Lulio, "Dominican Catholics in New York: A history of mutual enrichment between two local churches" (2015). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI10014279.