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Habits of Change: An Oral History of American Nuns (Oxford Oral History)


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A collection of extraordinary oral histories of American nuns, Habits of Change captures the experiences of women whose lives over the past fifty years have been marked by dramatic transformation. Bringing together women from more than forty different religious communities, most of whom entered religious life before Vatican II, the book shows how their lives were suddenly turned around in the 1960s--perhaps more so than any other group of contemporary women. Here these women speak of their active engagement in the events that disrupted their church and society and of the lives they lead today, offering their unique perspective on issues such as peace activism, global equality for women, and the clergy sexual abuse crisis. The interviewees include a Maryknoll missionary who spent decades in Africa, most recently in the Congo; an inner-city art teacher whose own paintings reflect the vibrancy of Haiti; a recovering alcoholic who at age 71 has embarked on her fourth ministry; a life-long nurse, educator, and hospital administrator; and an outspoken advocate for the gay and lesbian community. Told with simplicity, honesty, and passion, their stories deserve to be heard.

About the Author

Carole Garibaldi Rogers has been an oral historian for more than 20 years. Her research and writing focus on the intersection of women and religion.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Where They've Been

PART ONE: From the Past into the Present

Evolving Mysteries

Chapter 1: In the Schools

Chapter 2: Missionary Work

Chapter 3: In Hospitals and Clinics

Chapter 4: Serving the Undeserved

Chapter 5: Pastoral Work

Chapter 6: Spiritual Companions

Chapter 7: In the Cloister

Chapter 8: On the Cutting Edge

Changing Attitudes

Chapter 9: Encounters with Judaism

Chapter 10: The Creative Dimension

Chapter 11: Two African-American Voices

Chapter 12: Structures and Fissures

Chapter 13: Summoned to Lead

Chapter 14: The Decision to Leave

PART TWO: From the Present into the Future

Chapter 15: Staying the Course

Chapter 16: Living in the Present

Chapter 17: Envisioning the Future

Epilogue: Where They Are Now

Appendix A: Narrators

Appendix B: Religious Communities


Selected Bibliography


Product Details

Rogers, Carole G
Oxford University Press, USA
Rogers, Carole Garibaldi
null, Carole Garibaldi
Women's Studies
History, Other | History of Women
Biography - General
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