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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 rules approximately girls, paintings, faith, and the West; additionally, she demonstrates how non secular existence turned a automobile for expanding women's corporation and power.
relocating to the West brought major alterations for those ladies, together with public employment and punctiliously unconventional monastic lives. As nuns and sisters adjusted to new conditions 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 lady spiritual pioneers equipped associations, brokered relationships among Indigenous peoples and encroaching settlers, and undertook assorted occupations, usually with no geared up investment or direct help from the church hierarchy. A complete background of Roman Catholic nuns and sisters within the American West, Across God's Frontiers finds Catholic sisters as dynamic and inventive architects of civic and spiritual associations in western communities.

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Joseph sisters who left France for the United Nuns for the West : 17 States settled in St. Louis. Surprisingly, the Minnesota branch house, with its nearly 800 candidates, did not grow on those origins through French-­ born applicants. North of St. Paul, however, declining agricultural prosperity and increasing civil friction between the English and French pointed Franco-­Canadians toward the United States. Although the greatest number of French Canadian immigrants settled in New England, many turned toward the western Canadian provinces.

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.

52 The Sisters of St. Mary in St. Louis numbered only fifty-­nine in 1889, but they managed a holiday celebration in “the usual jovial manner,” with a Christmas tree for their hospital patients and gifts of nuts and candy. 53 Even a mother superior stressed by cantankerous clergy, staffing shortages, and financial woes could appreciate humor from the sisters. ” One sister remembered: “When . . ”54 Charades and musical numbers often formed the basis for novitiate recreation, but amusing spontaneity did not always guarantee approval.

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