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Unruly Catholic Women Writers: Unruly Catholic Nuns: Sisters' Stories

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Unruly Catholic Nuns explores the voices of current and former Catholic nuns and, by doing so, contributes to the global conversation about the role of women in the Catholic Church today. Through autobiography, fiction, poetry, and prose, Sisters and former nuns write about their lived experiences with Catholicism, both in accordance and in conflict with the institutional Church. Through their stories we learn how these women act out their missions of social justice, challenge cultural and governmental policies, and attempt to reconcile their unruliness with their religious orders and the strictures of the church hierarchy. At a time when questions of gender, religion, race, and sexuality are provoking intense debate within Catholicism and other Christian traditions, and when religion is frequently invoked in political rhetoric, these stories provide a vital corrective to our contemporary understanding of the role of women and nuns in the Roman Catholic Church.

Jeana DelRosso, Ph.D., is Sister Maura Eichner Endowed Professor of English at Notre Dame of Maryland, University in Baltimore. She is the author of Writing Catholic Women: Contemporary International Catholic Girlhood Narratives. She is co-editor with Leigh Eicke and Ana Kothe of The Catholic Church and Unruly Women Writers: Critical Essays and Unruly Catholic Women Writers: Creative Responses to Catholicism. Her articles have appeared in books as well as in such journals as NWSA Journal, MELUS, and The Journal of Popular Culture.

Patricia Dwyer’s essay/poem “Timing” is her first venture into creative writing. A Catholic nun from 1969-1991, Patricia’s career has spanned teaching middle- and high-school English to her current track in higher education administration as dean, associate vice president of academic affairs and currently, as provost.  She plans to write a memoir exploring her own story as a nun along with five others, some of whom have remained in the sisterhood as well as others who have left. The focus of the collection will be to showcase the nuns’ force in furthering a mission of justice and peace in the context of an institution that often confines and marginalizes them.

Leigh Eicke, Ph.D. is a writer and editor in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  She is co-editor with Jeana DelRosso and Ana Kothe of The Catholic Church and Unruly Women Writers: Critical Essays and Unruly Catholic Women Writers: Creative Responses to Catholicism. She volunteers at the Literacy Center of West Michigan and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Jeannine Gramick has a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Roman Catholic nun, a member of the Sisters of Loretto. With Fr. Robert Nugent, she co-founded New Ways Ministry, a Catholic organization working for justice and reconciliation of LGBT people and the church. Her book, Building Bridges: Gay and Lesbian Reality and the Catholic Church was the subject of a Vatican investigation. Her struggles with Church authorities about her ministry with LGBT Catholics are documented in the film, In Good Conscience: Sister Jeannine Gramick's Journey of Faith.

Ana Kothe, Ph.D., is a professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. Co-editor of two previous “Unruly” books with Jeana DelRosso and Leigh Eicke, her recent essay on the use of parody by the Mexican writer, Carmen Boullosa has been accepted for publication by the International Journal of Literary Humanities.  She is currently working on translating a young adult fantasy novel into English.

Pat Montley’s latest play is Pope Joan II. Urged by apparitions of her namesakes St. Joan and the apocryphal 9th-century Pope Joan I, and armed with an infusion of the Life Force, Sister Joan—faster than a speeding angel, more powerful than a prayer, able to leap clerical hierarchies in a single bound—blackmails her way to becoming pope and fights the never-ending battle for truth, justice, gender equality, and the American way by transforming the Church into a liberal democracy and saving the world from overpopulating. 

Jane F. Morrissey, SSJ, has spent more than fifty years of consecrated life being surprised and empowered by grace that takes her more deeply into witness and protest for peace, justice, and love on the margins of her neighborhood and world. Her own accounts and reflections of her unruly life, its contemplative and active dimensions, have been published in various forms--books, anthologies, periodicals--from scholarly papers to the pages of the Springfield newspaper to Gracias, Matiox, Thanks, Hermano Pedro: A Trilingual Collection of Guatemalan Oral Tradition






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Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 5:00pm


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Baltimore, MD 21209

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