Across God’s Frontiers: Catholic Sisters in the American by Anne M. Butler

By Anne M. Butler

Roman Catholic sisters first traveled to the yankee West as services of social companies, schooling, and clinical counsel. In Across God's Frontiers, Anne M. Butler lines the ways that sisters challenged and reconfigured modern principles approximately girls, paintings, faith, and the West; additionally, she demonstrates how spiritual existence turned a automobile for expanding women's supplier and power.
relocating to the West brought major alterations for those girls, together with public employment and carefully 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 diverse occupations, usually with no geared up investment or direct help from the church hierarchy. A entire historical past 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 non secular associations in western communities.

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Recitations, songs, and music rounded out the entertainment. The following holiday season, the superior granted the nuns, whose duties scattered them about the school, several days of recreation during the vacation, causing Nuns for the West : 27 one to note, “We are so seldom united . . ”60 These celebrations held more cultural meaning for the nuns than for their Native students, but the pleasure of distractions and gifts charged life with shared laughter. Travel, with its inevitable contacts with the secular community, usually gave sisters more excuses for laughing.

In the morning, the superior listened to the long complaint of the outraged Irishman and dutifully took the offending student aside for a scolding. ”64 In times of danger and fear, nuns typically called on their well-­developed sense of humor to dispense with the tension. Even disastrous events, such as the December 1907 fire that destroyed the girls’ dormitory and threatened the rest of the campus at St. Catherine’s in Santa Fe, prompted nuns to look for the humor in misfortune. As the flames raged, nearby residents raced to contain the blaze, and men, women, and youngsters formed a bucket brigade.

Have come to America, with their sincere piety and solid performance . . have been . . patronized and . . ”33 Her words foretold the way ahead for her congregation, as well as others. Youth Makes Its Mark To implement the extension of that labor through America, congregational superiors dispatched a youthful squad of immigrant and native-­born sisters to hundreds of western locations. 35 In Minnesota between 1880 and 1910, the Franciscan Sisters admitted 275 women, their ages falling between fifteen and forty-­six.

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