Institutional Decline and Demographic Change in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Madeline Gambino

Event details

  • Sunday | February 20, 2022
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In recent decades, policies and practices of “decline” have shaped what, where, and who Philadelphia’s Catholicism is. This talk will look beyond parish closures to examine the impact of other archdiocesan policies of decline (such as school closures and church relegations) in shaping the institutional presence and demographic composition of the twenty-first century church.

Speaker: Madeline Gambino, Ph.D. candidate, Princeton University

Madeline Gambino is a PhD candidate in the Department of Religion at Princeton University. She is currently working on a dissertation that draws upon ethnographic, archival, and digital humanities methods to map the historical roots of Catholic institutional decline in Philadelphia and to examine the dynamic practices and discourses that emerge from and respond to these changes.  

The event is free and open to the public, with the option for either in-person or online attendance.  Please review the following guidelines and register via the appropriate link.

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In-person attendance is limited to the first 25 registrants, and all visitors to the ACHS house are required to wear a mask. 

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The event will also be livestreamed via Zoom for those wishing to attend online.  

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