Persons of Color and Religious at the Same Time: The Oblate Sisters of Providence, 1828-1860

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Founded in Baltimore in 1828 by a French Sulpician priest and a mulatto Caribbean immigrant, the Oblate Sisters of Providence formed the first permanent African American Roman Catholic sisterhood in the United States. It still exists today. Exploring the antebellum history of this pioneering sisterhood, Diane Batts Morrow demonstrates the centrality of race in the Oblate experience.

By their very existence, the Oblate Sisters challenged prevailing social, political, and cultural...

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Overview

Founded in Baltimore in 1828 by a French Sulpician priest and a mulatto Caribbean immigrant, the Oblate Sisters of Providence formed the first permanent African American Roman Catholic sisterhood in the United States. It still exists today. Exploring the antebellum history of this pioneering sisterhood, Diane Batts Morrow demonstrates the centrality of race in the Oblate experience.

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.

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Camille O. Cosby
Persons of Color and Religious at the Same Time brings forth potent memories for me. The Oblate Sisters were my first formal educators. They did what all educators should do, that is, to convey the knowledge of wide-ranging possibilities and more importantly, to give a stamp of self-value for every single student.
Jo Ann Kay McNamara
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.
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"Persons of Color and Religious at the Same Time brings forth potent memories for me. The Oblate Sisters were my first formal educators. They did what all educators should do, that is, to convey the knowledge of wide-ranging possibilities and more importantly, to give a stamp of self-value for every single student. (Camille O. Cosby)"

"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)"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807854013
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 9/9/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Batts Morrow is associate professor of history and African American studies at the University of Georgia in Athens.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
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
Conclusion 269
Notes 275
Bibliography 313
Index 329
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    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.

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