Mannard Receives CPA Press Award

Posted on 7/31/2018 8:33:48 AM

History Department faculty member Joseph Mannard recently received first place for Best Feature Article by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada for his article, “Our Dear Houses Are Here, There and Everywhere: The Convent Revolution in Antebellum America.” He was nominated for the award by the American Catholic Studies Journal.

In this article, Mannard proposes the concept of a “convent revolution” as a framework for integrating the experience of Roman Catholic sisterhoods into mainstream US women’s history and US History generally. He presents both quantitative and qualitative evidence to argue that the decades from 1830 to 1860 mark the “take-off” of the convent revolution.

He further contends that the distinctive elements of this convent revolution highlight not only the profound growth and change experiences within female religious orders and congregations, but also nuns’ substantial role in shaping the Catholic Church and the larger society and culture in nineteenth-century America.