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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Mary Elizabeth Lange

Elizabeth Lange was born in French-speaking Hispaniola, but in childhood she became a refugee in those late-18th century Caribbean upheavals. She was reared and educated in Cuba, and by 1813, had settled with other French-speaking refugees in Baltimore. One of … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Hrotsvitha

She preceded Hildegard of Bingen by two centuries, and obviously, we don’t know a lot about Hrotsvitha–not nearly as much as we know about, say, the founders of Tridentine-era religious orders. What do we know? She was a canoness–pretty sure. … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Francesca Cabrini

Francesca Cabrini was born in Italy in 1850. Several orders denied her application to enter religious life in her teens. Why? Health concerns. It didn’t stop her from dedicating her life to God. She served as a teacher. Then she … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Marguerite Bourgeoys

Our neighbors to the north celebrate their national day today, and I couldn’t think of a more worthy woman to mention than the founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal. Marguerite was born in France, and around age twenty … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Frances Margaret Taylor

Britain’s new venerable, Frances Taylor, was a nurse, author, editor, Anglican-turned-Catholic, and as one might surmise, the founder of a religious community. Link here to a recent Catholic Herald feature. Frances was born to an Anglican family with high church … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Isabel Roser

In my summer studies here at Creighton University, I’ve learned that a few women actually took Jesuit vows. Isabel Roser supported Ignatius in the early days of his vocation, during his time as a street preacher and beggar in Barcelona. She and … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Anna Maria Dengel

Sisters can’t be doctors. Sounds like a schoolyard taunt. But it was part of what Anna Dengel faced as she attempted to bring together two aspects of her life: serving the poor as a doctor and committing her life totally … Continue reading

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