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Sisters: Catholic Nuns and the Making of America

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Sisters is the first major history of the pivotal role played by nuns in the building of American society. Nuns were the first feminists, argues Fialka. They became the nation's first cadre of independent, professional women. Some nursed, some taught, and many created and managed new charitable organizations, including large hospitals and colleges.

In the 1800s nuns moved
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 24th 2003 by St. Martin's Press
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I enjoyed the book until it got to the tumultuous time following the Council. It basically exhibits the history of religious women (particularly the Sisters of Mercy) in the United States from the founding of the nation to the present day. The first two-thirds, to me at least, is a great chronicle of the contributions of women religious to the Church and the nation but then ... it happens.

What happens? The sisters "modernize" aka pick up the mind and heart of the world and ditch that which made
Aug 25, 2013 Ruth rated it it was amazing
My education was under the direction of The Religious Sisters of Mercy in Pittsburgh, PA. What a rich history these ladies enjoy. They are incredible with their level of sacrifice and dedication. There was only one I had issues with, all the rest were lovely to me and held my interests to heart. Their story of spreading educational and medical support to those who needed them is a revelation. Why there isn't a huge memorial constructed to their honor is beyond me.

Well written with many insights
Very educational

I enjoyed reading about the Churche's history and what happened to the Sisters I will always be grateful to. There needs to be a way to bring back this wonderful institution that we need so badly in our schools and hospitals.
Sep 06, 2008 Janice rated it really liked it
I saw this at my library and grabbed it knowing nothing about it. It was a fascinating read and introduced me the amazing sacrifice this woman do. Great read.
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i love this kind of stuff. i really need to finish this book.
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Mar 15, 2010 Lisa of Hopewell rated it really liked it
Very interesting
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Mar 30, 2016 Maria Jo rated it liked it
This book was not what I expected it to be. The author has a very liberal stance and the book is definitely from a secular perspective. Approximately half the book discusses the upheavals that occurred in many religious orders after Vatican II. The author discusses how those women who are members of un-habited orders are dying out, and cannot seem to make the connection between the orders who are habited flourishing.
Dec 04, 2015 Sue rated it it was amazing
Fascinating, interesting, important read.
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