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The Prophetic Generation of Nuns and Sisters

 by Carole Ganim

ISBN 978-0-918339-77-5 | Trade Paper | 224 pages  6x9 | Acid Free Paper | Index | September 2012 | $19.95

The 1960s were a time of great change in American society. Everything from haircuts to the role of women was shifting. Organizations, unable to redirect themselves as quickly as individuals, were caught up in this turmoil, and many foundered. It was only natural that women’s religious organizations within the Catholic Church would be caught up as well. Nuns and sisters were the face of the Church to many, as nuns cared for the sick, educated the children, and served in the parishes. In 1965 there were 179,964 women religious in the United States, but by the end of the decade they had begun to leave in record numbers, and many of those who stayed began to demand changes. Today there are about 55,000 nuns in America.

In 1956, when the author entered the convent, she had no idea that she was to be part of a generation that would change religious life. The renewal within the Church occasioned by Vatican II and changes in lay society found their way into the convent. Nuns began to question the meaning of their lives living as women of ancient times, and many decided to take their faith, professional skills, and good will beyond the walls into the contemporary world. Being Out of Order is the story of that struggle and departure. The author and the others who left see themselves as a prophetic generation that helped lead all women to more fulfilled lives.

…no sub-set of “silent generation” females looked longer and harder at established female perceptions than the “silent” nuns of the 1960s...Being Out of Order is the intriguing story of this rite of passage for America and Catholicism.

Chuck Underwood, author, The Generational Imperative


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