Author revisits voices of US nuns

HABITS OF CHANGE: AN ORAL HISTORY OF AMERICAN NUNS
By Carol Garibaldi Rogers
Published by Oxford University Press, $27.95

“Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America” is a traveling exhibit that artfully communicates significant contributions Catholic sisters have offered to those they serve in this country. Although it was not intended as such, Habits of Change: An Oral History of American Nuns is a fine companion piece. This particular text is an update and revision of an earlier book, Poverty, Chastity, and Change: Lives of Contemporary American Nuns, published in 1996. In the first edition, the author gathered 94 oral histories of women religious and subsequently published 54 of them. In the most current text, Rogers revisits the women first interviewed as well as talks to seven new interviewees, and allows us to see how their lives have evolved.