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Across God's Frontiers: Catholic Sisters in the American West, 1850-1920

Anne M. Butler


Roman Catholic sisters first traveled to the American West as providers of social services, education, and medical assistance. This book traces the ways in which sisters challenged and reconfigured contemporary ideas about women, work, religion, and the West; moreover, it demonstrates how religious life became a vehicle for increasing women's agency and power. Moving to the West introduced significant changes for these women, including public employment and thoroughly unconventional monastic lives. As nuns and sisters adjusted to new circumstances and immersed themselves in rugged environments ... More

Keywords: Roman Catholic sisters, religious life, American West, women's agency, social services, education, women, work, religion, medical assistance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780807835654
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807837542_butler


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne M. Butler, author