Selected Works

Earlier Books
Twayne/Simon&Shuster Macmillan, 1996; paperback, 2001
A handbook for Catholic parishes, compiled with Mary Ann Jeselson and the RENEW International team. Liguori, 2003
A collection of prayers from RENEW International, edited with Mary Ann Jeselson.Liguori, 2003
Sampling of Articles

Books/Articles

Fasting--Exploring a Great Spiritual Practice
This book explores the history of the spiritual practice of fasting in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and other traditions and also looks at contemporary practices--how and why people fast today.

"Spirituality and Health" called Fasting "a fine paperback." and "Publishers Weekly" said "this book will serve as a fine introduction to the subject for a diverse audience."


Poverty, Chastity and Change: Lives of Contemporary American Nuns
A collection of 94 oral history interviews with women religious across the country.

"[The book] offers a healthy challenge to most readers' stereotypes and preconceptions. Few will remain untouched by the sisters' vitality, commitment, and spiritual integrity."
Mary Susan Thompson, Syracuse University

Great Ideas from Great Parishes
A collection of more than 40 ideas from parishes throughout the country--"parishes where ordinary people have come to see the connection between Sunday worship and other aspects of their lives, where they act on their belief in the Christian message and transform their world." The book is designed to be of practical help for all who care deeply about the life of their parish--for lay people as well as clergy.


The People's Prayer Book
This book, a collection of more than 80 prayers, is designed for those times when familiar prayers or our own words fail us--"when we need new combinations of thoughts and words that suit a particular event or emotion." The book includes both personal prayers and prayers suitable for a group. They have been selected from more than 300 prayers composed by members of the RENEW International team over the past 25 years.

Remembering First Communion
America, May 10, 2004


Overlooked Narrators: What Women Religious Can Contribute to Feminist Oral History
Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies
Volume XIX, Number 3, 1998


Hikers'Idyll Nestled in the Dolomites
The New York Times, October 4, 1992

Requiem for a Clown
The New York Times, May 20, 1972

Excerpts


"Whenever there was a political or social issue that affected American life, women religious were there. They may not have been the first or the most important or the only ones there, but they were there."
From "Overlooked Narrators"

"In the final analysis, fasting is not an end in itself, but a practice that enhances our love of God and of neighbor."
From "Why Catholics Fast"

"I should have kissed him. I know that now. But he was after all only a clown, his face covered with grease paint and his clothes in tatters."
From "Requiem for a Clown"

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