Category Archives: Two Weeks of Worthy Women

Another FfF

Reading over this essay, I feel the need to provide a cynicism alert. If you are trying to be positive during Lent, perhaps come back later. I see the USCCB is gearing up for another Fortnight for Freedom. I haven’t … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Anne Hutchinson

Liam suggested we look at Anne Hutchinson. I was unsuccessful in talking him into writing her up for us. So I’ll take a stab at it. As a figure of prominence in American history there is literally a ton of … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Ramabai

Setting: 19th century India. Against tradition and with no small amount of peer disapproval Anant Shastri introduced his daughter to religious texts. He schooled her in Sanskrit plus modern languages of the subcontinent. At the age of twenty Ramabai astounded intellectuals at … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Marcella Pattyn

Guest blogger Fran Rossi Szpylczyn gives us a look into someone who was the last of a unique group of women that began in the Middle Ages. During the 12th century, groups of women began to form for common life; … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Marie-Marguerite d’Youville

First Canadian-born saint, and a very fitting woman to recognize on Canada Day. Like many women, she defied conventions of her culture by reaching out to and serving the poor. Beyond the confines of a cloister chapel. There are many … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Laura Montoya Upegui

Last year, I think I did a bit better with a greater variety of witnesses for religious freedom around the world. This year, I think we have a number of women who were advocates for people whose spiritual lives were … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Katharine Drexel

Emerging from the shadows of American racism, Katharine Drexel had a remarkable and fruitful witness to religious freedom, civil rights, and Roman Catholicism in the United States. Today’s worthy woman never knew her birth mother. Hannah died when her daughter was … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Hadewijch of Brabant

We continue to explore the overlap of faith, freedom, and “worthy women” from the centuries and from around the world. We met a few beguines last year in this series. Let’s meet another standout. We have to admit that we … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Nano Nagle

My staff colleague Sister Lorraine, who will be retiring in a few days, was sharing over supper last night the story of her community‘s founder, Honora “Nano” Nagle. When I read a bit more about her life late last night, … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Paula of Rome

I think we have yet to encounter a woman from antiquity in this series. So let’s celebrate one today. Paula shared a life profile with many women saints. She was a wealthy noblewoman who enjoyed luxury. She married young. She … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Judith Fenvyesi

Guest blogger Fran Rossi Szpylczyn gives us insight into a very worthy woman. Imagine that you are born in a place that sometimes belongs to one country, Romania, but at other times belongs to another country, Hungary. Imagine that you … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Frances Perkins

Did you know that Frances Perkins is honored with a feast day on the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church on May 13? I didn’t. She is designated as “Public Servant and Prophetic Witness” in the Church year, and from … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Jeanne-Françoise de Chantal

Liam suggested we meet the founder of the Visitation sisters. A good choice, I think. And while she wasn’t on poor terms with most clergy, she did have a few obstacles in her life. As a young noblewoman, Jeanne-Françoise de … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Mildred Nevile

On the feast of Thomas More and John Fisher, I thought it fitting to consider one of their countrywomen, a tenacious and gentle advocate for the poor. Mildred Nevile was revered in British social justice circles, and her influence extended … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Jeanne Jugan

The worthy founder of the Little Sisters of the Poor may well have been permanently unknown had the schemes of a young priest come to full fruition. This is one of those rare turnabouts in which the priest was the … Continue reading

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