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Confraternities and Catholic Reform in Italy, France, and Spain

John Patrick Donnelly & Michael W. Maher, eds.

Sixteenth Century Essays & Studies, vol. 44

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Confraternities go back to the church of the patristic age; they flourished during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and they have continued to survive in the modern era. Today the Knights of Columbus and the Saint Vincent De Paul Societies in thousands of American Catholic parishes continue the work of medieval confraternities in combining fellowship, piety, and charity.

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How the Jesuits Used Their Congregations to Promote Frequent Communion
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Confraternities and Public Charity: Modes of Civic Welfare in Early Modern Italy
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The Transformation of Penitent Confraternities over the Ancien Régime
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From Ontology to Religious Experience: Civic and Sacred Immanence in the Holy Sacrament Confraternities of Paris during the Catholic League
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The Confraternity of the Holy Name of Jesus: Conflict and Renewal in the Sainte Union in 1590
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Confraternities as a Venue for Female Activism during the Catholic Reformation
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From Parties to Pieties: Redefining Confraternal Activity in Seventeenth-Century Ourense (Spain)
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