Modern Carmelite Nuns and Contemplative Identities – BOOK LAUNCH

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Date / time: 31 May, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Undercroft, University of St Andrews

Modern Carmelite Nuns and Contemplative Identities - BOOK LAUNCH


Launch of Modern Carmelite Nuns and Contemplative Identities: Shaping Spirituality in the Netherlands (Manchester University Press) by Brian Heffernan.

Discalced Carmelite convents are among the most influential wellsprings of female spirituality in the Catholic tradition, as the names of Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux and Edith Stein attest. Behind these ‘great Carmelites’ stood communities of women who developed discourses on their relationship with God and their identity as a spiritual elite in the church and society. This book looks at these discourses as formulated by Carmelites in the Netherlands, from their arrival there in 1872 up to the recent past, providing an in-depth case study of the spiritualities of modern women contemplatives. The female religious life was a transnational phenomenon, and the book draws on sources and scholarship in English, Dutch, French and German to provide insights on gendered spirituality, memory and the post-conciliar renewal of the religious life.

The book will be launched by Dr Anne Jusseaume during the 2024 Annual History of Women Religious in Britain and Ireland Conference at the University of St. Andrews.

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