“Why I Study Women Religious”

Until quite recently, the study of women religious was regarded as marginal to the concerns of scholarship. As researchers — many of them members of the CHWR! — have subsequently pointed out, sisters were often invisible to historians of Catholicism because they were women, and invisible to historians of women because they were Catholic.

Yet the hundreds of thousands of women who, over the course of the last two millennia, have dedicated their lives to prayer and service, make for a compelling story. The pages in this section are short personal essays by scholars of women religious, describing how they came to enter the field and why they continue to feel drawn by it. A new essay will be added twice a year. If you are interested in contributing, please contact the editor.