City, Portal and Hub: Brisbane and Catholic Charismatic Renewal

Maiden, John (2020). City, Portal and Hub: Brisbane and Catholic Charismatic Renewal. In: Rocha, Cristina; Hutchinson, Mark and Openshaw, Kathleen eds. Australian Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements: Arguments from the Margins. Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies, 36. Leiden: Brill, pp. 69–87.



The scholarly historical literature on the global Catholic Charismatic Renewal is sparse, particularly where the movement outside of the United States and its Midwest centres of South Bend and Ann Arbor is concerned. This chapter offers a case study of the CCR in the Australian city of Brisbane. Adopting a multi-scalar analysis, it examines the movement’s city-wide context, its transnational linkages with America, and its national and pan-regional connections and influence. It demonstrates the combination of local and American factors which established and shaped the movement in the city and argues that just as Brisbane CCR was shaped by globalising flows, so it also became a hub for renewal both nationally and pan-regionally. Brisbane, it concludes, had a key and largely overlooked role in the historical development of global CCR in the 1970s.

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