With organized religion becoming increasingly divisive and politicized and Americans abandoning their pews in droves, it’s easy to question aspects of traditional spirituality and devotion. In response to this shifting landscape, Sonja Livingston undertakes a variety of expeditions - from a mobile confessional in Cajun Country to a Eucharistic procession in Galway, Ireland, to the Death and Marigolds Parade in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Mass in a county jail on Thanksgiving Day - to better understand devotion in her own life. The Virgin of Prince Street chronicles her quest, offering an intimate and unusually candid view into Livingston’s relationship with the swiftly changing Catholic church and into her own changing heart.
Ultimately, Livingston’s meditations on quirky rituals and fading traditions thoughtfully and dynamically interrogate traditional elements of sacramental devotion, especially as they relate to concepts of religion, relationships, and the sacred.
The book is published by University of Nebraska Press. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks.
Praise for the book:
“Livingston’s essays illuminate while infusing nuance and generosity into an increasingly polarized religious landscape.” (Richard Rohr, author of Falling Upward)
“Sonja Livingston’s honest account of a halting return to the Catholic Church...will speak to spiritual seekers of all stripes.” (Valerie Sayers, author of The Powers and Brain Fever)