Still Breaking Bread: A Study of Traditional Catholicism in Beverly and Evergreen Park, IL
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Within Evergreen Park and Beverly, there are six Catholic Churches, nine Catholic schools, and one Catholic hospital, which provide the basic physical and spiritual needs for its residents, most of whom (not surprisingly) are Catholic. Remarkably, Beverly and Evergreen Park have done more than just maintained a primarily Catholic community in terms of demographics, but have also established institutions that are rooted in the Catholic Church and, as a result, an environment that perpetuates traditional Catholic behaviors among the residents. Through this they have managed to deepen social interactions and networks between residents, create a community spirit that is based in the Catholic faith, and have a lasting impact on the way families and individuals live their lives, thus securing the longevity and future of those communities.