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Nuns Without Cloister: Sisters of St. Joseph in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
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Nuns Without Cloister: Sisters of St. Joseph in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Paperback)

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Nuns Without Cloister explores one of the first and most innovative among the non-cloistered women's congregations established after the Council of Trent. Under the aegis of a Jesuit missionary, the first Sisters of St. Joseph envisioned a direct role for religious women in the secular society of mid-seventeenth century France and quietly broke the ecclesiastical and cultural barriers that opposed it. This book opens perspectives on the sisters' success through a politics of discretion and the introduction of creative variety in their lives in country parishes or in the urban orphanages, hospitals, and reformatories for fallen women of the ancien regime. Vacher's methodology, comparing the congregation's theoretical, prescriptive documents with evidence about the actual life of these communities in southern France, leads to the question of whether and to what degree succeeding generations grasped the original inspiration. Sisters of St. Joseph preceding the French Revolution established a paradigm for the active, apostolic women's congregations of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that supplied the workforce behind Catholic schools, colleges, hospitals, and orphanages in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere. In researching them, Nuns Without Cloister addresses a little understood but central dimension in the early modern foundations of contemporary Catholicism.

Sport & Hobbies Publisher: University Press of America Publication Date: 12/04/2010 ISBN-13: 9780761843429  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Marguerite (Sister Therese) Vacher, CSJ has been involved in research, teaching, and writing on the origins of the Sisters of St. Joseph since 1965 and holds the Doctorat d'Histoire moderne from the Universite Lumiere Lyon 2. Her publications include the critical edition of S urs de Saint-Joseph: Textes primitives (1981) and Des "regulieres" dans le siecle: Les s ursde Saint-Joseph du P. Medaille aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siecles (1991). She resides in Clermont-Ferrand.

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