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I was very intrigued to learn, some years ago, that during medieval times, the convent was almost certainly the best available option for women who were intellectually gifted or ambitious. Women in religious life were often educated beyond the ordinary … Continue reading
With the Extraordinary Synod on the Family happening last week and this week in Rome, there has been so much stuff circulating that I’ve wanted to write about, but either haven’t had time or felt writing on Ferguson was more … Continue reading
Did you know a nun helped write BASIC??? Sr. Dr. Mary Kenneth Keller, who took vows as a Sister of Charity in 1940, was the first American woman to earn a PhD in computer science in 1965. Earlier, she was … Continue reading
I’ve read that in the early and medieval church, describing a woman as a virgin wasn’t so much about the state of her hymen as her autonomous personhood. Especially in a patriarchy, for a woman to be other-than-a-wife set her … Continue reading
Although this recording of Sr. Janet Mead’s rock mass setting of the Lord’s Prayer made the top 10 in 1974 and became a gold record, I don’t believe I ever heard it on the radio. I learned it when I … Continue reading
A Nun In The Closet by Dorothy Gilman My rating: 5 of 5 stars What a delightful read this was! Just the thing to lift the spirits: cloistered nuns meet hippy flower children and discover commonalities, as well as mystery, … Continue reading
I’ve recently noticed a problem with the conventions for certain honorifics, and I have a solution. Vowed religious women (aka nuns, sisters) are entitled to, and generally use, the honorific Sister [Sr.]. Persons who have earned doctoral degrees are entitled … Continue reading