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New Generations of Catholic Sisters: The Challenge of Diversity

Mary Johnson, Patricia Wittberg, and Mary L. Gautier


In recent years, many books and articles have noted the sharp decline in the number of women becoming Catholic sisters, in both North America and Europe. The current book compares those women who entered Catholic religious orders during the fifteen-year period immediately after the Second Vatican Council (1965–1980) with those who joined religious orders between 1993 and 2008. Using in-depth national surveys of the entire population of women who became sisters during these two time periods, the book applies the theories of sociologist Karl Mannheim to explore how different generations of Catho ... More

Keywords: Catholicism, Catholic sisters, generations, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199316847
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199316847.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Johnson, author
Trinity Washington University

Patricia Wittberg, author
Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis

Mary L. Gautier, author
Georgetown University