Liberating Sanctuary: 100 Years of Women's Education at the College of St. Catherine [NOOK Book]

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One hundred years ago, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet founded a college designed to unite women’s intellectual and spiritual development: The College of St. Catherine, now St. Catherine’s University. Is such an institution, a women-built and women-led Catholic college, an anachronism today? How has a century of changes in the Catholic Church and women’s roles affected St. Catherine’s?
Addressing these and other questions in a scholarly and engaging manner, Liberating ...
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Liberating Sanctuary: 100 Years of Women's Education at the College of St. Catherine

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Overview

One hundred years ago, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet founded a college designed to unite women’s intellectual and spiritual development: The College of St. Catherine, now St. Catherine’s University. Is such an institution, a women-built and women-led Catholic college, an anachronism today? How has a century of changes in the Catholic Church and women’s roles affected St. Catherine’s?
Addressing these and other questions in a scholarly and engaging manner, Liberating Sanctuary: 100 Years of Women’s Education at the College of St. Catherine challenges prevailing assumptions about the history of women’s education. The essays in this book, edited by Jane Lamm Carroll, Joanne Cavallaro, and Sharon Doherty, examine key figures, decisions, and ideas over the College's 100 year history, linking the story through a central theme: the paradox of institutional goals that seek both to liberate and constrain women. Since its founding, St. Catherine's has promoted women's leadership and autonomy, sometimes by design, sometimes by accident, sometimes despite stated aims.

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"Catholic women, and in particular Catholic sisters, have played a critical role in the expansion of women’s higher education in the United States, but their story has been eclipsed in multiple ways. Liberating Sanctuary is a much needed window into that history, exploring the tenacious and visionary work of the women who built the College of Saint Catherine in Saint Paul, MN. The stories of how this was done are a powerful contribution to the broader history of American women."
— Sara M. Evans, author of Born for Liberty: A History of Women in America and Regents Professor Emerita, University of Minnesota

"This is a book worthy of the College that it examines—smart, thoughtful, probing, engaging, and grounded in its wider historical context. Adopting a sophisticated feminist-based analysis, the authors look at the conflicting pressures on the College of St. Catherine to be whole heartedly feminist and loyally Catholic; they ask and answer hard questions about the history of St. Catherine’s as well as about the history of women’s higher education; they explore the amazing contributions of Catholic colleges, especially those for women, to the history of education in America. This is an important book for St. Kate’s loyalists, of course, but also for scholars of American education, American religion, and American women. Well done."—Annette Atkins, author of Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out and professor at St. John’s University and College of St. Benedict

"This collection of essays opens a door into the unique world of a community of Catholic women who created a college over a century ago that still flourishes. A particularly revealing chapter entitled, “Theology Fit for Women: Religious Wisdom, St. Catherine’s Style,” probes the ingenuity with which faculty over the years negotiated the delicate balance between fidelity to their traditional faith and promotion of the cause of women in church and society. Those interested in bringing the story of Catholic women into mainstream accounts of the women’s movement in U.S. church and society need to read this book."—Karen Kennelly, CSJ, co-editor of Gender Identities in American Catholicism and past president of Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739170915
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 220
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Jane Lamm Carroll, PhD, is an associate professor of history at St. Catherine University.

Joanee Cavallaro, PhD, is chair of the English department and professor of linguistics and women's studies at St. Catherine University.

Sharon L. Doherty, PhD, is professor of women's studies and anthropology, and director of the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women at St. Catherine University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Taking Catholic Women Seriously
Joanne Cavallaro, Jane Lamm Carroll, and Sharon Doherty
Section I: Liberating Visions, Remarkable Lives
1. Extravagantly Visionary Leadership: The Irelands and Mother Antonia McHugh
Jane Lamm Carroll
2. Portrait of a Daughter of St. Joseph: Sister Jeanne Marie Bonnett
John Fleming
3. Opening Doors: Sister AJ and the Minneapolis Campus
Deborah Churchill and Thelma Obah
4. Renewing the Meaning of a Women’s College: Identity and Standpoint in the 1970s
Sharon Doherty and Catherine Pribyl Lupori
Section II: Intellectual Life: In and Out of the Classroom
5. What a Woman Should Know, What a Woman Can Be: Curriculum as Prism
Joanne Cavallaro, Jane Lamm Carroll, and Lynne Gildensoph
6. Theology Fit for Women: Religious Wisdom, St. Catherine’s Style
Russell Connors, Joyce Dahlberg, Catherine Litecky, CSJ, MaryLou Logsdon, and Thomas West
7. Communion with Books: The Double Life of Literature
Cecilia Konchar Farr
Section III: Unique Legacy: Faculty and Student Experiences
8. Learning and Earning: The Work-Study Experience
Julie Balamut and Virginia Steinhagen
9. Possumus: Sisters’ Education in Feminism
Mary Alice Muellerleile and Joan Mitchell, CSJ
Postscript: Questions for the Twenty-First Century
Sharon Doherty, Jane Lamm Carroll, and Joanne Cavallaro
Bibliography
Contributors
Index

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