Katharine E. Harmon is an Assistant Professor of Theology at Marian University in Indianapolis, IN, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in theology, liturgy, and lCatholic history. She is an organist and church musician at St. Mark the Evangelist Parish in Indianapolis, IN. Katharine is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame's Ph.D. program in Liturgical Studies, and the author of There Were Also Many Women There: Lay Women in the Liturgical Movement in the United States, 1926-1959 (Liturgical Press, 2013).

Religious Sisters Didn’t Really Do Anything Anyway?

At a conference this summer, I had the pleasure of hearing a Catholic historian, a theologian, and a sociologist discuss Margaret M. McGuinness’ recent book, Called to Serve: A History of Nuns in America (NYU Press, 2013). The variety of perspectives on the panel reflects the variety of lenses with which the history of American religious women must be viewed.

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