By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC
I have been studying Catholic Sisters since I began teaching in the late 1980s at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.
I started teaching the theology of the vows that Sisters, or women religious, make as they progress through their formation. I realized my students needed a companion class on the history of religious life in the United States to provide the context and background for that theology.
My students didn’t understand the history of the role of women religious in the broader Church. Initially, I scrambled to find suitable articles because no text was yet available.