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Nuns Without Cloister By Marguerite Vacher

Nuns Without Cloister
by Marguerite Vacher

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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.
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Nuns Without Cloister: Sisters of St. Joseph in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries by Marguerite Vacher

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.

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Nuns Without Cloister Reviews


A beautifully smooth and professional translation of a compelling and indispensable landmark text in the history of social provision in France. It is the story of how in the mid-seventeenth century six largely uneducated village women of modest means were brought together by a concerned Jesuit to form an association recognized and promoted by the local bishop and directed to village services such as recycling clothing and blankets, feeding and sheltering orphans or children whose parents were disabled, and teaching survival skills like lace making. It was to be the acorn that produced the oak, the genesis of a significant worldwide movement, the Sisters of St. Joseph. -- Olwen Hufton, Merton College, Oxford
Byrne's translation provides us with Vacher's technical research and analyses, yet maintains a clear and concise narrative. Nuns Without Cloister includes extensive use of footnotes; at the end are supporting documents, charts, glossary, index and bibliography. Nuns Without Cloister will be of interest to graduate students and researchers interested in history of women's congregations, women's spirituality and history as well as Catholic studies. * Magistra *

About Marguerite Vacher


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.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Introduction: Religious Life For Women in Seventeenth-Century France Part 2 Part One: The Genesis of the "Little Design" Chapter 3 Introduction to Part One: Le Puy-en-Valey in the Seventeenth-Century Chapter 4 1. The Founders Chapter 5 2. Beginners Chapter 6 3. Early Growth Part 7 Conclusion to Part One: The Genesis and Its Fruit Part 8 Part Two: Normative Texts and Actual Life in Communities of St. Joseph Chapter 9 Introduction to Part Two: Expansion in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries Chapter 10 4. The First Printed Constitutions - Vienne, 1694 Chapter 11 5. The Superiors Role: A Key to Life in the Communities Chapter 12 6. Structures of Daily Life Chapter 13 7. Principal Houses and Souers agregees Chapter 14 Conclusion: Father Medaille's Legacy

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GOR010106409
Nuns Without Cloister: Sisters of St. Joseph in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries by Marguerite Vacher
Marguerite Vacher
Used - Very Good
Paperback
University Press of America
2010-04-12
460
0761843426
9780761843429
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