This paper explores the role of the religious habit in the lives of young Catholic sisters in the U.S. Specific attention is paid to the meanings Post-Vatican II and Millennial generation women religious in flourishing traditional religious communities associate with it. Interview data highlights how the habit is valued as a tool in preserving sisters’ religious identity as a brides of Christ as well as its function in religious witness. Findings illustrate themes of resistance and engagement with modern culture, noting comparisons to other religious groups in the U.S. The paper concludes with suggestions for future research on Catholic religious life as well as veiling across religious traditions.
|Author||Linda Marie Kawentel|
|Advisor||Mary Ellen Konieczny|
|Contributor||Mary Ellen Konieczny, Committee Chair|
|Contributor||Michael Welch, Committee Member|
|Contributor||Jessica Collett, Committee Member|
|Degree Level||Master's Thesis|
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