McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Maureen R. O'Brien
American Catholic culture, apostolate, Christian education, ecumenism, liturgy, sensus fidelium
As the first national picture magazine for a Catholic audience, Jubilee--A Magazine of the Church and Her People, presented a new vision of the Church "in all her beauty: her intellectual eminence, her hard work, her charity, her spirit of true peace," and sought to show how "the Truth of Christ is borne by the living, working, praying, thinking Church." Jubilee magazine was, in the opinion of its publisher, Edward Rice, "a significant force in the awakening of the American Catholic Church to a wider world in the post-war and Vatican II period." Catholic in orientation and universal in appeal, Jubilee, with the support and work of Catholics, both lay and religious, chronicled the changing styles of Christian life and thought for a universal Church.
This dissertation examines the Catholic monthly as a vehicle for communicating Christian culture. It also describes and evaluates the ways in which Jubilee drew on pre-existing themes to prepare the Church and the world for its reception of Vatican II. This data is used to interpret what the Church came to understand about its nature, identity, mission, and structure. Secondly, this study shows what aspects of Jubilee's ecclesiology lived on to be embodied in the Second Vatican Council's documents, Sacrosanctum Concilium, Lumen Gentium and Gaudium et Spes.
Rivera, M. (2004). Jubilee Magazine and the Development of a Vatican II Ecclesiology (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1110