The Diocese of Des Moines
Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America
July 26, 2010
Written By: Fr. David Muenchrath


"Women & Spirit" offers history museums across the country an opportunity to display artifacts and images that have rarely been seen by the general public. With a balanced approach that draws upon first-hand narratives, visitors will discover an untold story in American history about the impact of Catholic Sisters on the United States. The exhibit will be coming to The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa February 2011 - April 2011. We invite all Catholic faithful and those interested in history to come and learn about this fascinating story.

From the time the Ursulines arrived in New Orleans in 1727 up to today, women religious have made an incalculable contribution to this nation. Running schools, hospitals and orphanages from America's earliest days, these women helped foster a culture of social service that has permeated our society.  Over the centuries these courageous women overcame many obstacles--both physical and cultural--to bring their civilizing and caring influence to every corner of the country.  Understanding and celebrating the history of women religious is essential to understanding and celebrating the history of America.

—Cokie Roberts, news analyst and author Save to


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