Dr. John Quinn presents: At Work in the Eden of America : Nuns’ Role in Newport’s Catholic Community
Dr. John Quinn, Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Salve Regina University, will talk about his sabbatical research on Monday, October 4, at 4:00 p.m. in the Munroe Special Collections Room. A reception will follow Dr. Quinn’s presentation.
From Dr. Quinn:
While much has been written on Newport’s long tradition of religious
toleration and religious diversity, little attention has been paid to the
city’s Catholics, who have been a significant presence since the mid-
nineteenth century. Still less attention has been given to religious
sisters who have played a critical role in the life of the Catholic
community. In 1854 Mother Frances Warde brought the first group
of nuns to Newport at the request of the pastor of St. Mary’s Church.
Warde was eager to bring the Mercy sisters to Newport, which she
considered the “Eden of America.” In the intervening years, nine other
religious communities established themselves in Newport, often living
and working in Gilded Age mansions. The sisters have run several
grammar schools, three high schools for girls, two nursing homes, a day
care center, an orphanage, two retreat houses and a college/university.
They have generally been well regarded by non-Catholic Newporters
and have helped promote good relations between Protestants and
Catholics in the city.
|Library Director Kathleen Boyd (left) and “Library Scramble” Winner Kelsey Strafstrom (right)|
Come to the library on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010 from 12-3 PM for a library scavenger hunt called “Library Scramble.”
Complete the “Library Scramble” and enter for a chance to win* a Nook, the Wi-Fi eReader from Barnes and Noble!
Also, the first 30 students to correctly complete the “Library Scramble” will receive a McKillop Library travel mug!
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*Winning entry must have all answers correct to win the prize. Winner will be notified.
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