Getting Back into the Habit:The Significance of Dress for Young Women Religious

Master's Thesis


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.


Attribute NameValues
  • etd-07202012-163826

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
Degree Discipline Sociology
Degree Name MA
Defense Date
  • 2012-07-06

Submission Date 2012-07-20
  • United States of America

  • gender

  • Catholicism

  • religion

  • nuns

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

Record Visibility Public
Content License
  • All rights reserved

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