Katharine E. Harmon is Assistant Professor of Theology at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she teaches undergraduate students and college seminarians.  A graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s liturgical studies program, Harmon has contributed more than a dozen articles and chapters to the fields of liturgical studies and American Catholicism, and is the author of There Were Also Many Women There: Lay Women in the Liturgical Movement in the United States, 1926-1959 (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2013).  She currently serves as Convener of the Modern Worship seminar of the North American Academy of Liturgy, and is Past President of the Catholic Academy of Liturgy.  She resides in Indianapolis with her husband and two children, and is an accompanist for her home parish.

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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