Matthieu Langlois

Matthieu Langlois is a graduate student in History at University of Quebec in Montreal. He is interested by the history of Catholicism in the United States, and in particular the importance of the lay apostolate. His Master’s Thesis, under the guidance of Professor Greg Robinson, focuses on the French-speaking roots of The Catholic Worker movement.

Updated August 2018

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Kichi Harada: A Blossoming Life

Several scholars who have studied Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement have mentioned a Japanese guest named Kichi Harada who stayed at the Catholic Worker in New York city during the 1930s and 1940s. Yet no one has taken the time to look into who this woman was, and her life before she came to live at the Catholic Worker.

In a recent biography of Dorothy Day, the authors state that she was “an unmarried Japanese American woman” who “had been living a comfortable middle class-life in Manhattan,”1 which only gives us a vague idea about who …

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Japanese Americans and Catholicism

The recent release of Martin Scorsese’s film SILENCE, on the persecution of Catholic missionaries in early modern Japan, has increased popular interest in the long and eventful encounter between Japanese Americans and Catholicism, a subject that has tended to pass unnoticed in chronicles of Nikkei life. This absence of discussion is peculiar, since in most places around the world where Japanese emigrant communities became established in the 20th century—including Latin America, the Philippines, New Caledonia, and Quebec—Catholicism was the dominant religion. In these regions, the Church played an important role in assisting the Nikkei, some of whom ended …

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