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In Our Own Words

Religious Life in a Changing World

Edited by Juliet Mousseau, RSCJ, and Sarah Kohles, OSF

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In Our Own Words

ISBN: 9780814645208, 4520

Details: 256 pgs, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Publication Date: 01/25/2018
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Written by a diverse group of younger women religious from North America, In Our Own Words offers a collection of essays on issues central to apostolic religious life today. The thirteen authors represent different congregations, charisms, ministries, and histories. The topics and concerns that shape these chapters emerged naturally through a collaborative process of prayer and conversation. Essays focus on the vows and community life, individual identity and congregational charisms, and leadership among younger members leading into the future. The authors hope these chapters may form a springboard for further conversation on religious life, inviting others to share their experiences of religious life in today's world.

Juliet Mousseau, RSCJ, entered the Society of the Sacred Heart in 2009 and made her first vows in 2012. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and serves as associate professor of church history at the Aquinas Institute of Theology.

Sarah Kohles, OSF, is a Sister of St. Francis of Dubuque, Iowa. She professed final vows in 2011, and currently she is working on her PhD in biblical studies at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She has formerly served on the Giving Voice core team.

ISBN: 9780814645208, 4520

Details: 256 pgs, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Publication Date: 01/25/2018


"This book opens a window for anyone wanting to know more about the lives of those currently entering religious life."

"In Our Own Words is brimming with tremendous insights about the future, ideas that are uncommonly expressed in many religious quarters. This book has opened my eyes to a world that I have recognized only in limited ways to date. In Our Own Words is exceptional and deserves close attention since these convincing and cogent voices are seldom heard in such an expansive narrative."

"The great strength of the volume is the breadth of experiences that are recounted and the astuteness and critical reflections of the contributing authors. I would heartily commend this book to those interested in religious life in contemporary culture."
Richard Rymarz, BBI-TAITE Sydney

"The essays reflect the authors' honest struggle to name their experiences as young sisters, highlighting the beautiful, challenging, and difficult aspects of religious life. Strong and courageous reflections are found throughout the book on what it means to be religious women in a changing world."
Catholic Books Review

"This book was born of an expressed need of newer religious for more contemporary work on religious life and the vows. It led them to ask the questions: `If not us, who? If not now, when?' The voices of its thirteen authors pulse with new energy that both inspires and challenges readers. In their sharing of personal stories and scholarly insights, they offer new interpretations to this constantly evolving lifeform in our Church and world today."
Ellen Dauwer, SC, Executive Director of the Religious Formation Conference

"What has been timeless and essential to religious life, passed on for generations, finds both honor and new expression as these newer members of religious life articulate their experience. This is an important read for all who are interested in the evolution of religious life and its continuing vitality into the future."
Nancy Schreck, OSF, Sisters of St. Francis in Dubuque, Iowa