Sisters: Catholic Nuns and the Making of America

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Macmillan, Jan 19, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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In the 1800s, nuns moved west with the frontier, building hospitals and schools in immigrant communities. They provided aid during the Chicago fire, cared for orphans and prostitutes during the California Gold Rush, and brought professional nursing skills to field hospitals on both sides of the Civil War.

In the 1900s, nuns built the nation's largest private school and hospital systems, and brought the Catholic Church into the Civil Rights movement. As their numbers began to decline in the 1970s, many sisters were forced to take professional jobs as lawyers, probation workers, and hospital executives because their salaries were needed to support older nuns, many of whom lacked a pension system. Currently there are about 65,000 sisters in America, down from 204,000 in 1968. Their median age is sixty-nine.

Nuns became the nation's first cadre of independent, professional women. Some nursed, some taught, and many created and managed new charitable organizations, including large hospitals and colleges. Sweeping in its scope and insight, Sisters reveals the spiritual wealth that these women invested in America.
  

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My education was under the direction of The Religious Sisters of Mercy in Pittsburgh, PA. What a rich history these ladies enjoy. They are incredible with their level of sacrifice and dedication ... Read full review

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Contents

Spirited Women
1
The Walkin Nuns
20
Fanny and Her Swans
36
Mother Exodus
48
The North Ladies
58
Tale of Two Cities
71
Mother and the Magdalens
83
Wild in the West
92
The Way We Werent
189
Over the Top
199
Collision
213
Breakdown
226
Closing
238
Fighting for Life
250
Becoming History
262
Blasting Out of the Rough
275

Cui Bono?
106
Serfs and Turf
119
Life in Gods Mansion
132
Breaking Menckens Law
145
There Should Be Uniformity
155
The Little Buds
169
The Way We Were
178
God of the Small
284
Yeast
295
The Road to St Cecilias
311
No Time for Dancing
325
Notes
337
Index
355
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About the author (2004)

John J. Fialka is a reporter with the Wall Street Journal's Washington bureau. He lives in McLean Virginia.

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