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No Cross, No Crown: Black Nuns in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans

Return to Book Page. No Cross, No Crown: Among New Orleans' most compelling stories is that of the Sisters of the Holy Family, which was founded in the 19th century and still thrives today. The community's difficult early years are portrayed in a remarkable account by one of the sisters, Mary Bernard Deggs. While Deggs did not officially join the community until , as a student at the sisters' early school she Among New Orleans' most compelling stories is that of the Sisters of the Holy Family, which was founded in the 19th century and still thrives today.

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While Deggs did not officially join the community until , as a student at the sisters' early school she would have known Henriette Delille and the other founders. It was not until that the sisters were able to take their first official vows and exchange their blue percale gowns for black ones, and it was before they were permitted to wear a formal religious habit.

This community of mixed race faced almost insurmountable obstacles, but the women remained unflagging in their dedication to the poor, to education, and to the care of the elderly and the orphaned--to the needs of "their people. Paperback , pages.

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    It's a dense read but if you enjoy ethnographic writings and reading journals you may dig! It was not until that the foundresses were able to take their first official vows and exchange their blue percale gowns for black ones and it was before they were permitted to wear a formal religious habit. Shortly before Delille's death in , Union forces seized the city, and Delille's successor, Juliette Gaudin, faced dire economic circumstances.

    The war and postwar years economically devastated New Orleans and its population. Freed slaves poured into the city, unintentionally adding themselves to the already overwhelming mission of the sisters.

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    Those were the poorest and most uncertain years the sisters were to face. We know very little about Sister Mary Bernard Deggs herself, but her history of the early years of the Sisters of. But none of the city's inhabitants evoked as much wonder as did the Sisters Indiana University Press Bolero Ozon.

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