Rev. Lawrence Fernandes, S.J., an International Visiting Jesuit Fellow at the College of the Holy Cross, shares his study of lived Catholicism in Kalghatgi Taulk in Karnataka, India, focusing on devotional practices and pilgrimage.
Fr. Fernandes belongs to the Province of South Asia and teaches philosophy at the national Jesuit Philosophate at Satya Nilayam, and at Loyola College, Chennai, India. He is director of Satya Nilayam Research Institute and serves as editor of the bi-annual journal Satya Nilayam: Chennai Journal of Intercultural Philosophy. He is the author of three books: "Popular Religiosity: A Quest for Meaning," "Shrines and Pilgrimages: Philosophy and Practice," and "Popular Devotions: Philosophy and Practice."