By Margaret M. McGuinness
Winner, 2014 Catholic e-book Award in heritage awarded by way of the Catholic Press Association
For generations of yankee Catholics, the face in their church used to be, rather actually, a woman's face—the nursing sister within the medical institution the place they have been born, the educating sister within the university the place they have been expert, the being concerned sister who helped them via occasions of hassle. McGuinness recovers the compelling tale of those sisters and places them again on the middle of yankee Catholic history."
—James M. O'Toole, Boston university
"Conveys the heritage of yankee women’s spiritual existence in its mind-blowing breadth and variety. McGuinness writes with the authority of a student and the benefit of a storyteller. Her collective portrait of the ladies who've for therefore lengthy represented the face of the yankee Catholic church can be helpful not to basically to historians of girls and of faith within the usa, but in addition to normal readers who desire to find out about the usually hidden and far-ranging contributions vowed girls have made to church and nation."
—Kathleen Sprows Cummings, college of Notre Dame
For many americans, nuns and sisters are the face of the Catholic Church. way more noticeable than clergymen, Catholic ladies spiritual train at colleges, discovered hospitals, provide nutrients to the negative, and minister to these in desire. Their paintings has formed the yankee Catholic Church all through its historical past. but regardless of their excessive profile, a concise historical past of yank Catholic sisters and nuns has but to be released. In Called to Serve, Margaret M. McGuinness presents the reader with an summary of the historical past of Catholic ladies non secular in American lifestyles, from the colonial interval to the current.
The early years of spiritual existence within the usa came upon ladies non secular in immigrant groups and at the frontier, instructing, nursing, and taking care of marginalized teams. within the moment 1/2 the 20 th century, although, the function of girls non secular started to swap. they've got fewer participants than ever, and their inhabitants is getting older swiftly. And the tactic in their ministry is altering besides: instead of simply feeding and garments the negative, spiritual sisters at the moment are operating to deal with the social constructions that give a contribution to poverty, struggling with what one nun calls “social sin.” within the face of a altering international and moving priorities, ladies spiritual also needs to fight to strike a stability among the obligations in their religion and the restrictions imposed upon them through their church.
Rigorously researched and engagingly written, Called to Serve bargains a compelling portrait of Catholic girls spiritual all through American history.