The Social Service Arm Of The Diocese Of Nashville
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John Swales defines the term discourse communities as "groups that have goals or purposes, and use communication to achieve these goals" (Swales). A discourse community is defined by the following six characteristics: The community has a broadly agreed set of common public goals, the community has mechanisms of intercommunication among their members, the community uses its participatory mechanisms primarily to provide information and feedback, the community utilizes and possesses one or more genres in the communicative furtherance of its aims, the community also owns genres and has some acquired lexis that are specific to the community in terms of jargon, and the community has a threshold level of members with a suitable degree of relevant content and discourse expertise. In such communities, members often come as novices, and due to their high level of commitment to the community, they “leave by death or other less involuntary ways” (Swales, 27).
Catholic Charities of Tennessee is the discourse community that I studied. The community is the social service arm of the Diocese of Nashville. The group was founded on July 17, 1962 at the request of William L. Adrian, who was the Bishop of the Diocese of Nashville at that time, with Msgr. Leo Siener being named its first executive director. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Nashville has a mission of advocating for and provides services to enhance and enrich the quality of life for people in need, following the example of