Poverty, Chastity, and Change: Lives of Contemporary American Nuns

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In Poverty, Chastity, and Change: Lives of Contemporary American Nuns, Carole Garibaldi Rogers interviews over 50 American nuns. In their own words, the women candidly describe how they moved from a life of rigid seclusion to one of responsible freedom. The stories are revealing and often poignant. Some of the women are nationally known - such as Sister Joan Chittister, a Benedictine nun from Erie, Pennsylvania, who has written numerous books and articles about the Catholic Church and religious life; and Sister ...
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Overview

In Poverty, Chastity, and Change: Lives of Contemporary American Nuns, Carole Garibaldi Rogers interviews over 50 American nuns. In their own words, the women candidly describe how they moved from a life of rigid seclusion to one of responsible freedom. The stories are revealing and often poignant. Some of the women are nationally known - such as Sister Joan Chittister, a Benedictine nun from Erie, Pennsylvania, who has written numerous books and articles about the Catholic Church and religious life; and Sister Theresa Kane, the Sister of Mercy who publicly addressed Pope John Paul II on the subject of women in the Church when he visited the United States in 1979. But most of the voices here are ordinary voices: they are women who have lived during a time of tremendous change in their Church and their society and have reflected on what has happened to them.
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Lawrence Cunningham
The only adequate response to the stories of these religious women is gratitude and admiration.
Library Journal
Rogers, a freelance writer and editor, interviewed 94 Catholic religious women in 14 states from 1991 to 1995, asking why they remain committed in times of profound change within the church. Of these, 54 professionally transcribed interviews are included here, with a focus on the impact of Vatican II from the 1960s to the 1990s. Interviews vary in length from a paragraph to several pages; most have a brief introduction identifying religious community, age, and current activity. Three women chose anonymity, and several are former sisters. Forty religious communities are represented. The interviewees are positive and realistic about their life choices; chastity was not a major issue for most. Sister-advocates for the poor, attorneys, doctors, teachers, artistsall reflect upon their experience of church today and hopes for the future. Their stories of love and generosity serve as impressive evidence that new forms of mission and commitment are already emerging for the new millennium. This unique collection is recommended for religious and women's studies collections.Anna M. Donnelly, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805791365
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Series: Twayne's Oral History Series, #24
  • Pages: 323
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Acknowledgments ix
Prologue: Where They've Been xi
Part 1 From the Past into the Present
Evolving Ministries
1. In the Schools 3
2. Missionary Workers 35
3. In Hospitals and Clinics 54
4. Serving the Underserved 72
5. Pastoral Work 105
6. Spiritual Companions 118
7. In the Cloister 134
8. On the Cutting Edge 141
Changing Attitudes
9. Encounters with Judaism 167
10. The Creative Dimension 182
11. Two African-American Voices 197
12. Structures and Fissures 210
13. Summoned to Lead 223
14. The Decision to Leave 238
Part 2 From the Present into the Future
15. Staying the Course 261
16. Living in the Present 268
17. Envisioning the Future 293
Epilogue: Where They Are Now 303
Appendix Religious Communities 309
Glossary 311
Selected Bibliography 317
Index 319
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