Across God’s Frontiers: Catholic Sisters in the American by Anne M. Butler

By Anne M. Butler

Roman Catholic sisters first traveled to the yankee West as prone of social providers, schooling, and clinical information. 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 existence turned 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 carefully unconventional monastic lives. As nuns and sisters adjusted to new conditions 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 girl non secular pioneers outfitted associations, brokered relationships among Indigenous peoples and encroaching settlers, and undertook various occupations, frequently with no geared up investment or direct help from the church hierarchy. A finished background of Roman Catholic nuns and sisters within the American West, Across God's Frontiers unearths Catholic sisters as dynamic and artistic architects of civic and spiritual associations in western communities.

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Daily, the nuns administered a vaginal douche to every patient. This procedure called for a gallon of warm water, a rubber bed pad, a bucket, and a wooden frame on which to suspend the pail to catch the runoff matter. ”69 Although they probably did not share this humor with their female patients, among the sisters, earthy joking kept the work bearable. These nuns were not so unusual, for beyond public ears, sisters chuckled about a range of “risqué” subjects. In Texas, one sister, known for outlandish additions to her garb and infamous for her lusty manner, relished her role as the shocking member of her small convent.

65 Finding amusement and including themselves in the joke stayed with sisters young and old. When a railroad strike stranded Blessed Sacrament sisters traveling to Santa Fe, they took refuge in an empty Pullman car for the day and entertained themselves with memories, especially of one friend famous for her pranks. ” Sister Veronica’s jokes even earned names among the nuns—such as the “famous” “Wilcox” and “Tea decanter” episodes. One nun regaled the others with an account of Sister Veronica directing her to catch a small pig and another mishap when manure smeared the helpful novice’s white veil after she grabbed a cow’s tail.

In the West, the varied associations swirling between and among groups of people is unmatched in America—for horror and humanity. Introduction : 7 I am aware that discussions about what constitutes “the West” have sharpened over the past twenty years, especially since the emergence of the “New” western history. ” Courses labeled as the history of the “Cis-­Mississippi” or of the “Trans-­ Mississippi” confirmed that easterners with the Atlantic Ocean at their backs saw the West according to white political and cultural institutions.

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