Building Sisterhood: A Feminist History of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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Syracuse University Press, 1997 - Religion - 392 pages
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The often forgotten role of Catholic sisters is told in experiences deeply rooted in self-realization and feminist methodology. In this collection of thirteen essays the contributors illuminate the little-known world of a very creative and committed community of women - their aspirations, their values, their mission.
An often neglected part of feminist research, this type of sisterly collaboration affirms the seminal paradigms in women's work and writing. These essays deal with many of the same issues of power, economic autonomy, friendship, spirituality, socialization, professional commitment encountered in other feminist endeavors.
Building Sisterhood gives the reader insight into the rigorous training involved in becoming a nun, including the complex relationships between the Monroe community, other IHM sites, and within the intricate church hierarchy. Feminist historian Margaret Susan Thompson places the essays within a historical context and provides detailed background for those unfamiliar with the life, duty, and experience of Catholic sisters.
This book will make a unique contribution to feminist scholarship, religious studies, and women's history.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Roughest Kind of Prose
4
The Context
25
Dangerous Memory
31
She Who Remained
69
Not Two Exactly Alike
95
The Context
113
IHM Socialization 18601960
119
The Context
227
An Enterprise of Sisterhood
233
Of LessThanHappy Memory
255
The Context
275
Preparing IHMs for the Educational Mission
281
The Sacrament of a Life
299
In Their Own Image
321
Afterword
355

The Official IHM Stance on Friendship 18451960
153
Persistent Friendships
173
Emotional and Mental Illness in the
193
In Health and Sickness
211

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