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Sisters: Catholic Nuns and the Making of America Paperback – January 19, 2004
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overview of the influence and contributions of nuns in the
vast American land. There are a few statistics, some
interviews, and a great deal of history. History can be
a very slow read. It can be to dense to wade through.
But Fialka does a great job of presenting history in a
way that is not only interesting, but also enjoyable to
read. The only sad part, of course, comes in the latter
part of the book when he writes of the decline of so
many of the sisterhoods. Some of the decline was fast and
intense, some has been slower - but all of it seems to
be painful. There are a few glimmers of hope, though.
Some of the work done by the Dominican Sisters of Nashville
and the Oblate Sisters of Providence is wonderful.
I felt thankful to all of the sisters who had worked diligently in the Catholic schools I attended as a child and I am glad that Mr. Fialka wrote this book to give nuns recognition which they neither desire or expect, but certainly deserve.
It should be a part of our American history curriculum.
Although John Fialka primarily uses the Sister of Mercy to illustrate this topic, it is understandable because he had greater access to them. He successfully traces religious life from its beginnings abroad as in the case of the Sisters of Mercy to Ireland to their embarking on their "missions" in the United States. He carries the story into the present day world of shrinking vocations and the the major changes this factor brings to the immense hospital and school system developed by the Catholic church mainly under the auspices of these women religious. For those interested in this topic, this is another great read.
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Praise God for their fidelity to the Lord, the Church and their mission in this country. Thank you Sisters.Published 4 months ago by Dan Steiner
Quick delivery and an excellent edition to my library on books pertaining to nuns.Published 6 months ago by Derek F. Kolb
Just when you think you are getting a handle on something like 'history', along comes a book that opens wide a window into the real making of America. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Janace
Very accurate account of the tremendous contribution of Catholic sisters to the growth of Catholicism in the U S. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Diane M.
A must read for all Catholics and anyone taught by nuns. Their contributions to nursing, hospitals and private education is not well know. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jim Brosseau
I thought Fialka did a wonderful job of reporting. He didn't leave anything out....not even the unflattering. This book actually blew me away. Read morePublished 23 months ago by nancy hursh