Italian immigrants: Italian Religion and Culture

Italian immigrants

Italian immigrants: Early Immigration

Italian immigrants: Late Nineteenth Century Immigration

Italian immigrants: Twentieth Century Trends

Italian immigrants: Families

Italian immigrants: Italian Stereotypes

Italian immigrants: Italian Contributions to American Cuisine

Historically, most Italians have been Roman Catholics, and immigrants have continued in that religious faith in the United States. However, early Italian immigrants were not entirely comfortable in American Catholic churches, which were dominated by Irish American clergy. In cities in which Italians were concentrated, the immigrants gravitated toward predominantly Italian parishes, which tried to keep alive the Italian language and culture.

Although a majority of Italian Americans have remained Catholics, they have not occupied a place in the leadership of the American church that reflects their numbers. Some Italian American men and women entered the Catholic clergy and religious orders but not in the same numbers as Irish Catholics have done. Consequently, the American church has continued to have a predominantly Irish imprint. Despite the large numbers of Italians in New York City, there has never been an Italian American cardinal in the city’s archdiocese.

Immigration from Italy, 1820-2008


Immigration from Italy, 1820-2008

Source: Department of Homeland Security, Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, 2008. Figures include only immigrants who obtained legal permanent resident status.


Not all Italians were or are Catholic. Some have joined Protestant churches in small communities lacking Catholic churches. Others have left the Roman Catholic Church after getting divorced and remarrying—practices on which Catholics frown. By the early twenty-first century, Italian Americans were prominent in a variety of Protestant denominations.

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Destiny0 answers 25 April 2017 18:12

Where are they from?
They are from Tuscany, Sicily, and Sardinia Italy.

2. Where did they settle?
They settled in New York. In general, Italian immigrants chose to settle in cities, where they could make and save money quicker than if they worked on farms. Most Italian Americans thought they would only be in America for a very short period of time, so they wanted to make money quickly for their return to Italy.

3.When did they come to Kansas?

4. What traditions did they bring with them?
They celebrate Epiphany which is like Christmas but on January 6th, and liberation day (April 25) where they celebrate the end of world war 2.

5.Why did they come to Kansas? They came because of the coal mines. In 1878 miners in southeast Kansas went on strike. By refusing to work, they hoped to get the mine owners’ attention. They wanted better pay and better working conditions. The mine owners looked for other workers. The Italian immigrants were then hired.

6. Why did they leave Italy?
It was too crowded, the wages were low, and taxes were very high.

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