“Being Out of Order (Vandamere Press) is my story of a generation of women who entered religious life in the middle of the twentieth century, when Catholic convents were actually medieval institutions. Many of these same women left religious life somewhere in the 1970s and ’80s when the wind started blowing and the Spirit was moving the church and the nuns into contemporary life. We were prophetic. I say we were prophetic in the true sense of the word; that is, we were witnessing the truth as it was in our day and in our situation. We told the truth about what was going on and we had a vision of what was coming. We were spokespersons for our generation of religious women who would help to change the nature of religious life and the church. Furthermore, we spoke to the larger issue of the role of women in the world.
When Betty Friedan took off her apron and wrote The Feminine Mystique in 1963, she was doing what we were doing. Her voice resonated with every woman who had secretly wondered why she was wearing her apron so much and when some out of order nuns started to take off their habits, other nuns began to ask questions also. From a Jewish housewife to a Catholic nun and everyone in between, the momentum was occurring.”
Please stop by on Saturday October 18th between 2-4pm and meet Carole Ganim, former Nun and current Professor of English at Miami University.