By Anne M. Butler

Roman Catholic sisters first traveled to the yankee West as prone of social companies, schooling, and clinical counsel. In Across God's Frontiers, Anne M. Butler lines the ways that sisters challenged and reconfigured modern rules approximately ladies, paintings, faith, and the West; furthermore, she demonstrates how non secular lifestyles grew to become a motor vehicle for expanding women's enterprise and power.
relocating to the West brought major alterations for those girls, together with public employment and punctiliously unconventional monastic lives. As nuns and sisters adjusted to new situations and immersed themselves in rugged environments, Butler argues, the West formed them; and during their labors and charities, the sisters in flip formed the West. those lady non secular pioneers outfitted associations, brokered relationships among Indigenous peoples and encroaching settlers, and undertook various occupations, frequently with no prepared investment or direct help from the church hierarchy. A entire historical past of Roman Catholic nuns and sisters within the American West, Across God's Frontiers finds Catholic sisters as dynamic and artistic architects of civic and spiritual associations in western communities.

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For me, there are elements that set Tucson, Arizona, apart from Baltimore, Maryland, or Helena, Montana, apart from Richmond, Virginia. For that matter, Tucson is not Helena, the singularities and oddities of each reinforcing the attraction for using the word “West” in the plural, encompassing as it does one distinct region after another. In these western places, as well as other locations, I see differing collections of economic and political circumstances shaping the lives of people constantly in transition.

Ultimately, the multiple factors that shaped these nuns produced a unique band of pioneering women who, while balancing carefully circumscribed public and private roles, wove a significant and complicated gendered thread through the fabric of the American West. Crossing Borders for Convents In earlier decades of the nineteenth century, prior to Sister Colubkille’s life-­changing move, women from other nations launched similar religious quests directed toward the United States. In the 1870s, Mother Mary Odilia Berger, the older of twin girls from a Bavarian family of three such sets, and her five religious companions arrived in St.

In their choices, Sister Colubkille McEnery, Mother Odilia Berger, Sister Mary Anselma Felber, Sister Mary Gertrude Guiwan, Sister Marie Agnes Bagot, and Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini—women of Irish, German, Swiss, English, French, and Italian heritage—and other women religious participated in this massive story of people on the move. These nuns and sisters came from many countries, and like their secular fellow travelers, they explored strange locales, pursued promising employment, and then settled into various pockets of the United States.

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