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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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ISBN: 978-0-8146-4520-8, 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.

"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

"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

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