And the Winners in Our Neighbors & Missionaries Book Giveaway Are…

Thank you to all our readers who entered our Neighbors and Missionaries contest! We’re happy to announce that our three winners who will receive a copy of the book are: 

  1. Mary Beth O
  2. srannie1
  3. Dennis Popp

Congratulations to our winners and thank you again to everyone who participated and Fordham University Press for sponsoring the contest. For those of you who didn’t win this time, we will be announcing a new giveaway soon.

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CathNews USA is partnering with Fordham University Press to give away three (3) copies of Prof. Margaret M. McGuinness’ Neighbors and Missionaries: A History of the Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine (a $35 value).   Given the current controversy surrounding the Vatican and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCRW), Neighbors & Missionaries is timely study of a particular community that is but one small example of how “women religious built the Catholic Church in the United States…a story that needs to be told.”

See a brief Q&A with the author, Prof. Margaret McGuinness–who is also the co-editor of the Journal of American Catholic Studies–below.

There is no limit to how many times you enter to win. Winners will be chosen by random drawing on Friday August 10th (see details below for how to enter).

What they’re saying about Neighbors & Missionaries…

“Illuminates our understanding of the history of American women religious by examining the unique apostolate of a particular community that blended concern for the spiritual and material well being of the Catholic poor.”
—M. Christine Anderson, Xavier University

“Neighbors and Missionaries is a major historical contribution, central to understanding the powerful gender issues that influenced women’s religious congregations in the growth of an American Catholic church.”                           —Anne M. Butler, Utah State University

“Neighbors and Missionaries enriches our understanding of the development of American sisterhoods and their work, and is an important contribution to the historiography of American Catholic efforts in social welfare in the twentieth century.”
—Bernadette McCauley, Hunter College of the City University of New York

“Neighbors and Missionaries makes an important and timely contribution to the history of American Catholicism.”—James T. Carroll, Iona College

HOW TO ENTER and WIN…
In order to win your copy just send us an email (click here) with the names and email addresses of any friends you’d like to introduce to CathNews USA’s daily email list (make sure you put the word CONTEST in the subject line). For every legitimate email address we receive you will get one entry into our random drawing. There’s no limit to the number of entries you can make, as long as each friend you suggest is new and hasn’t been submitted to us in previous contests. (We will only use the address for the purpose of inviting your friend to join our daily email list. It will not be shared with any third parties.) Send us the names and addresses of friends you’d like to invite via email at contest@cathnewsusa.com. Contest runs for fifteen (15) days from 12:01am (est) on Thursday July 26, 2012 to 12:01am (est) on Friday August 10, 2012, so make sure you enter today!

See full contest rules here.

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Q&A with the Author of Neighbors and Missionaries…

Margaret M. McGuinness is Professor of Religion at La Salle University, Philadelphia, and co-editor of The Catholic Studies Reader, as well as the Journal of American Catholic Studies. Bel0w is a brief Q&A about Neighbors & Missionaries.

Q: Where did the idea to study this particular order come from?

A: I actually learned about this community when I was writing about Catholic social settlements. I became very interested in learning more about a congregation that was smaller than those I knew from my time in Catholic elementary and secondary schools, and was not involved in either teaching or nursing.

Q: What was the most surprising thing you found in your research for this book?

A: I think the most surprising thing I discovered was what the vow of poverty really means. These sisters used to “collect,” which is just a nice word for begging. They ran their settlement houses, playgrounds, etc. on a shoestring, and everything they took in went to their ministry.

Q: What was the most difficult thing you discovered?

A: The most difficult thing is that they are not increasing at all. As I worked on the book, several women–who had become friends and trusted advisers–passed away. Their average age is probably about 80 and I think the youngest member is in her late 50s.

Q: Your research seems to center around women religious. What interests you in that subject?

A: I guess it’s a natural outgrowth from my work in U.S. Catholic social and devotional history. It is quite clear to me that women religious built the Catholic Church in the United States, and their story should be told. It is a fascinating story.

Q: What do you hope readers take away from your book? Your research in general?

A: I hope readers come to understand that these women were heroic in many ways. They gave everything they had because they believed God was calling them to a particular ministry. I also hope people come to understand that there is a tremendous disconnect between what the U.S. Bishops are saying about women religious and what the actual story tells us.

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Don’t forget…in order to win your copy just send us an email with the names and email addresses of any friends you’d like to introduce to CathNews USA’s daily email list (make sure you put the word CONTEST in the subject line). Contest runs for fifteen (15) days from 12:01am (est) on Thursday July 26, 2012 to 12:01am (est) on Friday August 10, 2012, so enter now! Good Luck!