Peter Feuerherd is a correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter's Field Hospital, an ongoing series on parish life in the United States and Canada. Feuerherd is a veteran of the Catholic and religious press, having written for Commonweal, St. Anthony Messenger, and diocesan newspapers in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Detroit, Albany, Long Island and New York City. He is the winner of numerous Catholic Press Association and religious press awards and is the author of "Holy Land USA: A Catholic Ride Through America's Evangelical Landscape" (Crossroad). Feuerherd writes from Queens, NY, where he is also an adjunct professor of journalism at St. John's University. He is a regular on the basketball courts of the borough. 

Peter contributes to NCR's The Field Hospital.

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Parish roundup: Mass attendance declines in Philly; eco-friendly parishes

The Field Hospital: Catholic parishes help migrant families after large-scale ICE raids in Mississippi; changes by new pastor from Africa divide a parish; Chattanooga parish remembers when it wasn’t easy being black or Catholic in the South. 

Ministerial exception often protects church employers from lawsuits over firings

For church workers who feel that they have been treated unfairly, a legal doctrine known as the ministerial exception offers their employers a legal way out of liability. 

Parish roundup: Letters to inmates; divorce decline; 'Mass Mob'

The Field Hospital: Efforts to evangelize include Alpha in British Columbia and the Mass Mob in Buffalo; parishes face pressing financial needs in Chicago; tackling poverty in Portland.


Look for lay involvement that transcends the ideological divide

NCR Connections: Lay involvement is an important distinction. Our work is in the world. The going forth from Mass is the beginning of our work, not the end.