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

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

by Carole Garibaldi Rogers
     
 
A collection of 50 oral history interviews with American Catholic religious women, this book offers an inside look at how these women not only survived but actually embraced the changes that came to every aspect of their lives during the last 40 years. The women speak honestly and eloquently of prayer, ministry, and personal relationships.

Poverty, Chastity, and

Overview

A collection of 50 oral history interviews with American Catholic religious women, this book offers an inside look at how these women not only survived but actually embraced the changes that came to every aspect of their lives during the last 40 years. The women speak honestly and eloquently of prayer, ministry, and personal relationships.

Poverty, Chastity, and Change received excellent reviews in national publications; was the main selection of a book club; and was highly praised by theologians and historians. Recommended for everyone interested in women's lives-and how to move into the future with grace and confidence.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805791365
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Series:
Twayne's Oral History Series , #24
Pages:
323
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.05(d)

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