Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Dr. Ron Burke

Second Advisor

Dr. John Nye

Third Advisor

Dr. George Barger


The following work has both a general and a specific focus. In general, an effort has been made to examine Pentecostalism as a social movement in the United States. Chapter I is devoted to this first concern. The history, and development of the Pentecostal movement is discussed in detail to provide a perspective in which to locate the current Pentecostal thrust. Chapter I attempts to answerthe question: What is the relationship between ClassicalPentecostalism and the Pentecostalism of the 1970's? The remaining chapters of this work deal specifically with a subset of people in the contemporary Pentecostal movement, Roman Catholic Pentecostals. Although it is only recently that some Catholics have identified themselves with the Pentecostal movement, their affiliation has had an impact on the traditional Catholic church and on Pentecostalism as well. Research was conducted in order to gain some insight into the relationship between Pentecostalism and Catholicism. Chapter II through Chapter Y report the research which was conducted to empirically test some hypotheses regarding certain aspects of Catholic involvement within the context of Pentecostalism.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Sociology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1976 Monica J. Aita.

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