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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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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Margaret of Scotland

Emma from emmasrandomthoughts offers today’s entry for 2014 Worthy Women.  Please frequent her blog and chime in on films and other topics there. St. Margaret of Scotland was an English princess, but she actually spent very little time in England. Her father … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Elisabeth of Schönau

When we think of women mystics in Germany, we so often think of Hildegard of Bingen – for good reason. Her fame has spread, especially in recent years. In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named her a Doctor of the Church. … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Margery Kempe

Margery Kempe was a contemporary of Julian of Norwich. Scholars know a lot about her life because of her autobiography–the first thought to be published in the English language. I had some difficulty including her in the listing. She was … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Julie Billiart

Turning perfectly well-discerned and healthy communities into monasteries: one of the biggest errors of imprudence clerics have imposed on women. During the days of Napoleon, Julie Billiart, saint-to-be, found herself pressured by another tyrant to rewrite the constitution of her fledgling community, and shove … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Mary Magdalen Bentivoglio

This will be an unusual entry in this series, but a fascinating tale of runaround, and men thinking they know better than women. When we read of conflicts between bishops and women religious, it’s usually because the clerics want the … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Julian of Norwich

It might not even be her real name: Julian. It was the name of the church in which her “studio apartment” was attached. Most all of you readers know the woman. She’s not yet an official Catholic saint, but revered … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Celestine Bottego

An American-born woman leads off for the third annual Worthy Women series. Perhaps you’ve never heard of Celestine Bottego. Maybe her recent “promotion” to “venerable” (he same “level” Fulton Sheen of all people) will tickle your memory–it was just last October. … Continue reading

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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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