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There Were Also Many Women There

Lay Women in the Liturgical Movement in the United States, 1926-59

Katharine E. Harmon; Foreword by Nathan D. Mitchell

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There Were Also Many Women There

ISBN: 9780814662717, 6271

Details: 412 pgs, 6 x 9
Publication Date: 01/01/2013
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Where are the women in liturgical history? In considering the influential liturgical movement in the United States during the first half of the twentieth century, Katharine E. Harmon reveals that the reality is analogous to Matthew's account of the crucifixion of Jesus: "there were also many women there" (Matt. 27:55).

In this groundbreaking study, Harmon considers women's involvement in the movement. Here, readers explore the contributions of Maisie Ward, Dorothy Day, Catherine de Hueck Doherty, Ade Bethune, Therese Mueller, and many others. Harmon shows how movements and institutions such as progressivism, Catholic women's organizations, Catholic Action, the American Grail Movement, and daily Catholic family life played a prominent role in the liturgical renewal. The historical record is clear that women were there, they ministered to the Mystical Body, and their important work must be recognized.

Katharine E. Harmon is a pastoral liturgist and American Catholic historian currently serving as Associate Professor of Theology at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s liturgical studies program, Harmon has contributed both scholarly and pastoral pieces on topics of liturgical renewal and American Catholic faith and practice, including There Were Also Many Women There: Roman Catholic Lay Women in the American Liturgical Movement, 1926-1959 (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2012). She resides in South Bend, Indiana, with her husband and two children.

ISBN: 9780814662717, 6271

Details: 412 pgs, 6 x 9
Publication Date: 01/01/2013


Harmon's book is a magnificent and much-needed addition to our growing knowledge of women as subjects of liturgy's past, not only as worshipers but also as creative agents of liturgical renewal in their own right. Building on sustained archival research, Harmon is able to bring to light much-needed information about the leading women in the liturgical movement in North America. I highly recommend this book.
Teresa Berger, Yale Institute of Sacred Music & Yale Divinity School

Katharine Harmon has given us an impressively researched book that allows us to look deeply into the lives of a host of forward-thinking women whose vision for renewed social order drew its inspiration from the liturgy. These women make plain that what happened fifty years ago at Vatican II was no mere liturgical fad but decades in the making. What has liturgy to do with life? Everything-and Harmon's work demonstrates the significant contribution that these courageous women made to understanding that.
Michael Woods, SJ, Gregorian University, Author of Cultivating Soil and Soul: Twentieth-Century Catholic Agrarians Embrace the Liturgical Movement

Katharine Harmon has done a marvelous job of inserting women into the heart of our recounting of the history of the liturgical movement, . . . This is an impressive and engaging work of scholarship. The narrative flows easily; material that could have proven tedious and dense is not. Scholars of history, Catholic studies, women's studies, and liturgical studies would be interested.
Laura Swan, OSB, St. Placid Monastery, Lacey, Washington, Magistra