Joseph H. Fichter (1908–1994) was a Jesuit, Catholic priest and a sociologist of religion. His studies are among the first sociological investigations on the subject of the Catholic Church, and he had an intellectual journey as few American Jesuits of the last decades. He was a productive scholar; most of his works have explored the field of the social scientific study of religion. He also participated in various experiences to promote social justice, in particular addressing the issue of racial discrimination in New Orleans.

Father Fichter was born on June 10, 1908, in Union City, NJ. He entered the Jesuit order in 1930 when he was 22 years old, joining the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus. He was ordained a Catholic priest in ...

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