Spirited Lives: How Nuns Shaped Catholic Culture and American Life, 1836-1920

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Reveals the critical impact of nuns on the development of Catholic culture and American society between 1836 and 1940. Focusing on the sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet, this book shows how nuns directly influenced millions of Americans through their work in schools, hospitals, orphanages, and other social service institutions.

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Overview

Reveals the critical impact of nuns on the development of Catholic culture and American society between 1836 and 1940. Focusing on the sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet, this book shows how nuns directly influenced millions of Americans through their work in schools, hospitals, orphanages, and other social service institutions.

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Editorial Reviews

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An important book for readers interested in a more broadly inclusive story of women's experience in America.

American Historical Review

An invaluable resource for anyone seeking to understand the history of women's religious communities in the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century .

Comptes Rendus

Spirited Lives makes an important contribution to the history of women religious through its use of current scholarship and methodology.

Catholic Historical Review

[Brings] into sharp focus something that needs regular emphasis: the historical role of women in the church.

Commonweal

A great historical perspective on religious life and puts today's discussion of vocations and religious life in a new light.

Catholic News Service

Library Journal
Writing the early story of the Catholic Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet, a community of French origin, history professors Coburn and Smith (Avila Coll.) offer a broad context for the influence of nuns on American life. In 1836, six French sisters founded a school for deaf children in St. Louis. The community gradually developed schools, hospitals, and other social institutions throughout the United States. As local congregations dealt with patriarchy, frontier rigors, bigotry, governance issues, and clerical clashes, the Sisters of St. Joseph established a remarkable record of achievement in education and healthcare, serving through epidemics and wars under extreme circumstances, largely financing themselves, and selflessly influencing millions. This readable scholarly work, heavily documented with a careful interweaving of primary and secondary sources, is written from a feminist perspective. The authors have made an important contribution to a neglected corner of American religious history. Highly recommended for history and religion collections.--Anna M. Donnelly, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807847749
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 4/26/1999
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol K. Coburn is professor of religion and history at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri.

Martha Smith is professor emerita of history at Avila University.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. The French Connection: Founders, Origins, and Early Activities
Chapter 2. Creating an American Identity: Survival and Expansion in the American Milieu
Chapter 3. Educating the Good Sister: Gender and Religious Identity
Chapter 4. Expanding American Catholic Culture: Life in the Trans-Mississippi West
Chapter 5. Promulgating the Faith: Parochial Schools and American Catholic Identity
Chapter 6. Educating for Catholic Womanhood: Secondary Academies and Women's Colleges
Chapter 7. Succoring the Needy: Nursing, Hospitals, and Social Services
Epilogue
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

Illustrations

First CSJ convent in Carondelet, Missouri
Sister Celestine Pommerel
Members of the Ireland family
Young postulant dressed as a bride before receiving the habit
Irish "recruits" for CSJ communities
Young girls feeding the chickens at St. Joseph's Girls' Home
Sister Monica Corrigan and her sister companions
CSJs and Native American students at San Xavier del Bac Mission
Our Lady of Lourdes School
St. Vincent de Paul School, first CSJ parochial school
Music class at St. Peter's School
Sister Francis Joseph Ivory and her class
Senior class, St. Joseph's Institute
Physics class, St. Teresa's Academy
Latin class at the College of St. Catherine
Art class at the College of St. Catherine
Horse-drawn ambulance in front of St. Mary's Hospital
CSJ nurses and soldiers at the military hospital at Matanzas, Cuba
Surgery, St. Mary's Hospital
Immigrant child before and after entering Aemilianum Orphan Asylum
Toddlers at lunch, St. Joseph's Infant Home

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    Inspiring! An Excellent History of The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

    This book is a wonderful summary of the early history of the CSJ's in this country, especially their journeys across the west to form new missions. You will be inspired by the courageous and humorous stories of these dedicated women who would go on to found the hospitals, schools and orphanages that supported the poor immigrant populations of the twentieth century.

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