Orthodox Convent Reform and Progressive Social Measures

John J. Clune

in Cuban Convents in the Age of Enlightened Reform, 1761–1807

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032177
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038308 | DOI:
Orthodox Convent Reform and Progressive Social Measures

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This chapter analyzes the attempt to make-over the contemplative female religious communities or convents of Havana-Santa Clara, Santa Catalina, and Santa Teresa in Cuba and turn them into institutions of female education. It explains that despite the reestablishment of the communal regimen the nuns continued to reject the common-life. The chapter discusses the slow progress of common-life reform at Santa Clara, the failure to stem the tide to secular admission at Santa Clara, and the solicitation of a papal bull to make new world convents sites of female education.

Keywords: convent reforms; educational institutions; Cuba; common-life reforms; nuns; papal bull

Chapter.  6360 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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