Called to Serve: A History of Nuns in America

Called to Serve: A History of Nuns in America

Margaret M. McGuinness


Winner, 2014 Catholic e-book Award in historical past offered by way of the Catholic Press Association
 
For generations of yankee Catholics, the face in their church used to be, rather actually, a woman's face—the nursing sister within the clinic the place they have been born, the instructing sister within the tuition the place they have been informed, the being concerned sister who helped them via occasions of difficulty. McGuinness recovers the compelling tale of those sisters and places them again on the middle of yankee Catholic history."
—James M. O'Toole, Boston collage
 
"Conveys the heritage of yank women’s non secular existence in its marvelous breadth and variety. McGuinness writes with the authority of a student and the benefit of a storyteller. Her collective portrait of the ladies who've for thus lengthy represented the face of the yank Catholic church might be invaluable not to simply to historians of girls and of faith within the usa, but additionally to normal readers who desire to know about the customarily hidden and far-ranging contributions vowed girls have made to church and nation."
—Kathleen Sprows Cummings, college of Notre Dame
 
For many americans, nuns and sisters are the face of the Catholic Church. way more noticeable than clergymen, Catholic ladies non secular educate at colleges, discovered hospitals, supply meals to the bad, and minister to these in want. Their paintings has formed the yankee Catholic Church all through its heritage. but regardless of their excessive profile, a concise historical past of yank Catholic sisters and nuns has but to be released. In Called to Serve, Margaret M. McGuinness offers the reader with an summary of the background of Catholic ladies spiritual in American existence, from the colonial interval to the current.
 
The early years of spiritual lifestyles within the usa stumbled on girls spiritual in immigrant groups and at the frontier, instructing, nursing, and taking care of marginalized teams. within the moment half the 20th century, even if, the function of girls non secular started to switch. they've got fewer individuals than ever, and their inhabitants is getting older quickly. And the tactic in their ministry is altering besides: instead of in simple terms feeding and garments the negative, non secular sisters at the moment are operating to deal with the social buildings that give a contribution to poverty, scuffling with what one nun calls “social sin.” within the face of a altering global and transferring priorities, ladies spiritual should also fight to strike a stability among the obligations in their religion and the restrictions imposed upon them through their church.
 
Rigorously researched and engagingly written, Called to Serve deals a compelling portrait of Catholic ladies spiritual all through American history.
 
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