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Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America
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Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America

Paula M. Kane

Abstract

One day in 1917, while cooking dinner at home in Manhattan, Margaret Reilly (1884–1937) felt a sharp pain over her heart and claimed to see a crucifix emerging in blood on her skin. Four years later, Reilly entered the convent of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Peekskill, New York, where, known as Sister Mary of the Crown of Thorns, she spent most of her life gravely ill and possibly exhibiting Christ's wounds. This portrait of Sister Thorn scrutinizes the responses to this American stigmatic's experiences and illustrates the surprising presence of mystical phenomena in twentieth-century A ... More

Keywords: Manhattan, Margaret Reilly, crucifix, convent, Peekskill, Sister Mary, Crown of Thorns, Christ's wounds, Sister Thorn, American stigmatic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781469607603
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9781469607610_Kane

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paula M. Kane, author