12th Triennial Conference on the History of Women Religious

Location: Notre Dame Conference Center (McKenna Hall)

Diversity and Dignity Across Time and Place

University of Notre Dame  |  June 26–29, 2022



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The Conference on the History of Women Religious (CHWR) was established in 1988 both to assist historians in discovering and preserving the historical record of vowed women and to integrate their stories into the larger narratives of their times and places. 

This conference will bring historians and archivists of women religious together at the University of Notre Dame to discuss current and future work addressing the conference theme, “Diversity and Dignity Across Time and Place.” Throughout their histories, women religious have celebrated and struggled with many aspects related to diversity in their personal lives, congregational histories, and ministries. At the same time, their work has often focused on upholding the “dignity of the human person,” particularly the dignity of women. This conference seeks to explore aspects of diversity and dignity within the history of women’s religious congregations around the world. How did congregations (and individual sisters and nuns) respond to internal issues of diversity and dignity? And how did they seek to encourage diversity and dignity through their many ministries?

This conference is hosted by Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and cosponsored by Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute, Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, Indiana), and the Center for Spirituality at Saint Mary’s College. 

A webpage will be published soon with the latest information on travel, the conference schedule, lodging suggestions, and registration. A link will be posted at this page by early February 2022. In the meantime, please direct questions to Jacqueline Willy Romero at the Cushwa Center (jwillyro@nd.edu).