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Benedictine Missionary Women at New Norcia

Massam, Katharine (2013) Benedictine Missionary Women at New Norcia. In: Monasticism Between Culture and Cultures. Studia Anselmiana (159). EOS Editions of Sankt Ottilien, Rome, pp. 287-295. ISBN 9783830675983

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Abstract

The Benedictine Missionary Sisters of New Norcia were a diocesan congregation of mostly Spanish women, founded in the twentieth century to work with Aboriginal women and girls in the English-speaking, predominantly Protestant context of Western Australia. As they negotiated between categories of race and ethnicity, of religion, of gender, and of status, their story is literally one of monasticism between culture and cultures. The chapter draws on three examples from different phases of their history to argue that the core of the missionary commitment for these women was their relationship with the people, and an enduring commitment to shared identity.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Benedictine, women, missions, Australia, Aboriginal, New Norcia, monasticism, cross-cultural encounter, Spain
Fields of Research: 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210307 European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220202 History and Philosophy of Education
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950504 Understanding Europe's Past
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
D - Missiology
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-UCTC: United Faculty of Theology - Uniting Church Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Katharine Massam
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2013 22:49
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2013 22:49
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1236

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