In the 1950s---and while they were educating ten percent of U.S. children---American Catholic sisters lived under strict rules of semi-cloister. Sisters were almost entirely confined to schools and the adjoining convents to which they returned at specified times of day for prayer, manual labor, and silent meals. Contact with lay adults, including family members, was rare and highly regulated. Through enforced practices of self-denial sisters aimed to overcome a qselfq that was described as unruly and a qworldq that was described as corrupt.For instance, she contacted Father Paul E. Beichner, the dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, to urge that the university establish a Ph.D. program in theology that would admit sisters.
|Title||:||"What Human Goodness Entails": An Intellectual History of United States Catholic Sisters, 1930--1980|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2006|