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The Lord as Their Portion: The Story of the Religious Orders and How They Shaped Our World

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A guided tour through the fascinating history of Catholic religious orders From their monastic prehistory in the Egyptian desert through their political heyday in Medieval and Renaissance Europe to their present-day work of education, human care, and the pursuit of social justice, the Catholic religious orders have been a driving force in Western civilization. In The Lord ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
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What you have here is a survey course on Catholic religious orders written by a scholar who has made this her specialty. The subject is so huge that just squeezing it into one volume is quite an accomplishment. Although I admire her work, I didn't get to spend time on St. Francis and other notables (no, I'm not Catholic) because there was too much to cover. I did appreciate the sections on the Jesuits who have always been personal favorites. Bottom line, if you just want to see how the orders ev ...more
Very good book, the problem with it, and with so many other books on Catholicism in America, is that it down plays the part of the Healy family. Rapley states that there were no black priests in the United States until 1880s, but the Healy brothers were priests during the Civil War, and attained very high positions in the D.C. area. Other than that, it was well researched and well written.
Strong on summary biographies, emphasis on surrounding cultures, especially the impact of the French Revolution(s). I got a little lost tracking her sources, but that's okay. Good introduction for basic questions: "Who was Don Bosco?" etc.
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