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    ‘Laying “Good Strong Foundations”: the power of the symbolic in the formation of a religious sister

    Mangion, Carmen M. (2007) ‘Laying “Good Strong Foundations”: the power of the symbolic in the formation of a religious sister. Women's History Review 16 (3), pp. 403-415. ISSN 0961-2025.

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    The two formal stages of training, the postulancy and the novitiate, prepared women for the spiritual, vocational and communal aspects of religious life. Novitiate training in church history, doctrine and theology as well as her formal vocational training indicated that the novice was meant to be an educated and effective evangeliser of her faith. Ritual was an important part of convent life, especially as women moved from lay to religious life. Ceremonies, processions and devotions were rich in symbolism and emphasised the sacredness of the life being entered into. It was through the successful negotiation of the postulancy and novitiate that Catholic women religious demonstrated their power, although paradoxically it was obedience and docility that formed the basis of this power.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Carmen Mangion
    Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2015 15:12
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:19


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