Habits of Change: An Oral History of American Nuns

Paperback | June 2, 2011

byCarole Garibaldi Rogers

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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 40 different religious communities, most of whom enteredreligious 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 leadtoday, 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 hospitaladministrator; and an outspoken advocate for the gay and lesbian community. Told with simplicity, honesty, and passion, their stories deserve to be heard.

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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 40 different religious communities, most of whom enteredreligious life before Vatican II, the book sh...

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.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:June 2, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199757062

ISBN - 13:9780199757060

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Where They've BeenPart One: From the Past into the PresentEvolving Mysteries1. In the Schools2. Missionary Work3. In Hospitals and Clinics4. Serving the Undeserved5. Pastoral Work6. Spiritual Companions7. In the Cloister8. On the Cutting EdgeChanging Attitudes9. Encounters with Judaism10. The Creative Dimension11. Two African-American Voices12. Structures and Fissures13. Summoned to Lead14. The Decsion to LeavePart Two: From the Present into the Future15. Staying the Course16. Living in the Present17. Envisioning the FutureEpilogue: Where They Are NowAppendix A: NarratorsAppendix B: Religious CommunitiesGlossarySelected BibliographyIndex