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Rebellious NunsThe Troubled History of a Mexican Convent, 1752-1863$
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Margaret Chowning

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182217

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182217.001.0001

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Phelipa’s Vision Triumphant

Phelipa’s Vision Triumphant

The Abolition of the Vida Común

(p.183) 5 Phelipa’s Vision Triumphant
Rebellious Nuns

Margaret Chowning

Oxford University Press

The convent experienced a budget deficit, and shortly after a period of growth, when some of the initial conflicts had been resolved. Although this issue may have been brought about by failings of the vida común, most of the blame went to the nuns and some of the loan policies and investments made by the church. This financial crisis became enough reason for Bishop Antonio de San Miguel to move that the vida común be replaced with vida particular, or the individual life, which opposed the convent's constitution, and wherein individual monthly allowances would be given to the nuns for purchasing food and other necessities. This chapter discusses the recruitment problem of the convent, the different aspects of the financial crisis and how this affected recruitment, the attempts made to resolve the financial problem, the decision to enforce vida particular, and how the convent adjusted, if it did, to this new arrangement.

Keywords:   vida común, budget deficit, vida particular, individual life, reform, financial crisis

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