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Nuns without cloister : sisters of St. Joseph in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries /
Marguerite Vacher ; translated by Patricia Byrne and the United States Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
imprint
Lanham, Md. : University Press Of America, 2010.
description
xli, 427 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0761843426 (Paper), 9780761843429 (Paper)
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imprint
Lanham, Md. : University Press Of America, 2010.
isbn
0761843426 (Paper)
9780761843429 (Paper)
contents note
Introduction: religious life for women in seventeenth-century France -- The founders -- Beginnings -- Early growth -- The first printed constitutions: Vienne, 1694 -- The superior's role: a key to life in the communities -- Structures of daily living -- Principal houses and Soeurs Agrégées.
general note
Translation of: Des "régulières" dans le siècle : les sœurs de Saint-Joseph du Père Médaille aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles, 1991.
catalogue key
7123594
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 385-401) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Marguerite (Sister Thrse) Vacher, CSJ has been involved in research, teaching, and writing on the origins of the Sisters of St. Joseph since 1965 and holds the Doctorat d'Histoire moderne from the Universit Lumire Lyon 2. Her publications include the critical edition of Surs de Saint-Joseph: Textes primitives (1981) and Des "rgulires" dans le sicle: Les sursde Saint-Joseph du P. Mdaille aux XVIIe et XVIIIe sicles (1991). She resides in Clermont-Ferrand.
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A beautifully smooth and professional translation of a compelling and indispensable landmark text in the history of social provision in France. It is the story of how in the mid-seventeenth century six largely uneducated village women of modest means were brought together by a concerned Jesuit to form an association recognized and promoted by the local bishop and directed to village services such as recycling clothing and blankets, feeding and sheltering orphans or children whose parents were disabled, and teaching survival skills like lace making. It was to be the acorn that produced the oak, the genesis of a significant worldwide movement, the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Byrne's translation provides us with Vacher's technical research and analyses, yet maintains a clear and concise narrative. Nuns Without Cloister includes extensive use of footnotes; at the end are supporting documents, charts, glossary, index and bibliography. Nuns Without Cloister will be of interest to graduate students and researchers interested in history of women's congregations, women's spirituality and history as well as Catholic studies.
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Summaries
Long Description
Nuns Without Cloister explores one of the first and most innovative among the non-cloistered women's congregations established after the Council of Trent. Under the aegis of a Jesuit missionary, the first Sisters of St. Joseph envisioned a direct role for religious women in the secular society of mid-seventeenth century France and quietly broke the ecclesiastical and cultural barriers that opposed it. This book opens perspectives on the sisters' success through a politics of discretion and the introduction of creative variety in their lives in country parishes or in the urban orphanages, hospitals, and reformatories for fallen women of the ancien rZgime. Vacher's methodology, comparing the congregation's theoretical, prescriptive documents with evidence about the actual life of these communities in southern France, leads to the question of whether and to what degree succeeding generations grasped the original inspiration.
Main Description
Nuns Without Cloister explores one of the first and most innovative among the non-cloistered women's congregations established after the Council of Trent. Under the aegis of a Jesuit missionary, the first Sisters of St. Joseph envisioned a direct role for religious women in the secular society of mid-seventeenth century France and quietly broke the ecclesiastical and cultural barriers that opposed it. This book opens perspectives on the sisters' success through a politics of discretion and the introduction of creative variety in their lives in country parishes or in the urban orphanages, hospitals, and reformatories for fallen women of the ancien rgime. Vacher's methodology, comparing the congregation's theoretical, prescriptive documents with evidence about the actual life of these communities in southern France, leads to the question of whether and to what degree succeeding generations grasped the original inspiration.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: Religious Life for Women in Seventeenth-Century Francep. xvii
The Genesis of the Little Designp. 1
Introduction to Part One: Le Puy-en-Velay in the Seventeenth Centuryp. 3
The Foundersp. 7
Beginningsp. 45
Early Growthp. 83
Conclusion to Part One: The Genesis and Its Fruitp. 119
Normative Texts and Actual Life in Communities of St. Josephp. 133
Introduction to Part Two: Expansion in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuriesp. 135
The First Printed Constitutions: Vienne, 1694p. 141
The Superior's Role: A Key to Life in the Communitiesp. 173
Structures of Daily Lifep. 231
Principal Houses and S¿urs Agrégéesp. 273
Conclusionp. 311
Supporting Documentsp. 321
Appendixesp. 351
Glossaryp. 381
Bibliographyp. 385
Indexp. 403
About the Authorp. 427
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