Across God’s Frontiers: Catholic Sisters in the American by Anne M. Butler

By Anne M. Butler

Roman Catholic sisters first traveled to the yankee West as prone of social companies, schooling, and clinical tips. In Across God's Frontiers, Anne M. Butler strains the ways that sisters challenged and reconfigured modern principles approximately ladies, paintings, faith, and the West; in addition, she demonstrates how non secular lifestyles grew to become a automobile for expanding women's company and power.
relocating to the West brought major adjustments for those ladies, together with public employment and carefully unconventional monastic lives. As nuns and sisters adjusted to new situations and immersed themselves in rugged environments, Butler argues, the West formed them; and during their labors and charities, the sisters in flip formed the West. those girl spiritual pioneers outfitted associations, brokered relationships among Indigenous peoples and encroaching settlers, and undertook diverse occupations, usually with out geared up investment or direct aid from the church hierarchy. A accomplished background of Roman Catholic nuns and sisters within the American West, Across God's Frontiers unearths Catholic sisters as dynamic and artistic architects of civic and spiritual associations in western communities.

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Dubuis’s efforts, which could be defended as entirely practical, nonetheless split the congregation of the Incarnate 24 : Nuns for the West Word, leading to decades of strained feelings between sisters in Galveston and San Antonio. Mother St. Pierre, however, seized on her appointment and emerged as an aggressive expansionist who traveled widely, built connections in Mexico, ruled her congregation with an intensely personal manner, and solidified the place of the San Antonio Incarnate Word sisters in the Southwest among Anglos and Mexicans.

Inside the American Catholic community, one hears, as with all cultural subsets of society, language peculiar to the group. Catholics converse about their church, faith practices, and religious congregations of men and women in a shorthand. ” Catholics know this jargon, but the terms can be mystifying for the uninitiated. To help with the maze of Catholic administrative and institutional vocabulary, a glossary follows the text. The names of nuns can be confusing, especially as many of them represented masculine or Latin forms intended to evoke thoughts of revered popes, sacramental devotions, saintly martyrs, or church feasts and liturgies.

Music was a natural outlet for humor, and any occasion could be an excuse for the postulants and novices to hastily assemble a chorale. In 1894 the professed nuns gathered in the novitiate of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Dubuque for “a program of playful nonsense . . ”50 Holidays gave another chance for festivities, and the novices devised clever ways to celebrate, laugh, and stay within convent behaviors. Religious holidays elicited the usual observances, but each congregation relished its own traditions, often expressions of customs from the home country.

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