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By their very existence, the Oblate Sisters challenged prevailing social, political, and cultural...
By their very existence, the Oblate Sisters challenged prevailing social, political, and cultural attitudes on many levels. White society viewed women of color as lacking in moral standing and sexual virtue; at the same time, the sisters' vows of celibacy flew in the face of conventional female roles as wives and mothers. But the Oblate Sisters' religious commitment proved both liberating and empowering, says Morrow. They inculcated into their communal consciousness positive senses of themselves as black women and as women religious. Strengthened by their spiritual fervor, the sisters defied the inferior social status white society ascribed to them and the ambivalence the Catholic Church demonstrated toward them. They successfully persevered in dedicating themselves to spiritual practice in the Roman Catholic tradition and their mission to educate black children during the era of slavery.
"Many thanks to Diane Batts Morrow for bringing the history of this community to life. Everyone interested in American history or women's history, black history or religious history must make room on their shelves for this book. (Jo Ann Kay McNamara, City University of New York)"
|Ch. 1||Persons of Color and Religious at the Same Time: The Charter Members of the Oblate Sisters||13|
|Ch. 2||James Hector Joubert's Kind of Religious Society||39|
|Ch. 3||The Respect Which Is Due to the State We Have Embraced: The Development of Oblate Community Life and Group Identity||59|
|Ch. 4||Our Convent: The Oblate Sisters and the Baltimore Black Community||97|
|Ch. 5||The Coloured Oblates (Mr. Joubert's): The Oblate Sisters and the Institutional Church||115|
|Ch. 6||The Coloured Sisters: The Oblate Sisters and the Baltimore White Community||143|
|Ch. 7||Everything Seemed to Be Progressing: The Oblate Sisters and the End of an Era, 1840-1843||162|
|Ch. 8||Of the Sorrow and Deep Distress of the Sisters ... We Draw a Veil: The Oblate Sisters in the Crucible, 1844-1847||179|
|Ch. 9||Happy Daughters of Divine Providence: The Maturation of the Oblate Community, 1847-1860||207|
|Ch. 10||Our Beloved Church: The Oblate Sisters and the Black Community, 1847-1860||225|
|Ch. 11||The Oblates Do Well Here, Although I Presume Their Acquirements Are Limited: The Oblate Sisters and the White Community, 1847-1860||247|
I am grateful to see more books on the history of Black Catholics in the United States, especially those who have become priests or who have entered religious life. This book by Diane Batts Morrow describes the origins of the Oblate Sisters of Providence. I, myself, am a Black Catholic priest and am very grateful to Batts Morrow for bringing this inspiring story to light.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.