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A funny, poignant account of a young woman's experiences becoming a Catholic nun during the tumultuous 1960s.
In 1964, Karol Jackowski was an eighteen-year-old girl just out of high school. But while her friends were heading off to college or finding their first jobs, Karol was following a different path. To the surprise of her family and friends, she decided to enter the convent of the Sisters of the Holy Cross in South Bend, Indiana, and spend the next eight years studying to become a Catholic nun.
Those years were a time of enormous change in the country and in the Church. They were times of joy, dedication, and a great deal of fun, set against the Second Vatican Council and the reforms it fostered, many of which remain controversial today. In this playful and candid memoir, Jackowski pulls back the curtain on the mysteries of convent life, as she recounts her rocky transition from worldly teenager to cloistered postulant; the trials she faced in coping with the restrictions of convent life ("nun of this and nun of that"); and the lessons she learned from the elderly nuns she was assigned to, who weren't nearly as pious as people thought. In prose that's as lively, insightful, and wise as she is, the author of Ten Fun Things to do Before You Die brings us a touching and heartfelt memoir of a woman following her true calling.
Traces the author's eight-year study to become a Catholic nun in the 1960s, an effort that was shaped by factors ranging from the American civil rights movement to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, in a personal account that offers insight into her transition into and daily experiences of convent life.
The author of "Ten Fun Things to Do Before You Die" offers a funny, poignant account of her experience of becoming a Catholic nun during the tumultuous 1960s.
About the Author
Karol Jackowski holds a bachelor's in sociology from Saint Mary's College, a master's in theology from the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. from New York University. Jackowski is the author of Ten Fun Things to Do Before You Die and Sister Karol's Book of Spells and Blessings.