Translocal Ethnicity and American Catholic Sisters: Life Stories of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity

Aaron J. Rovan (West Virginia University)

This essay applies Patrick B. Mullen’s folkloric model of the personal experience narrative to an order of American Catholic sisters located outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Drawing on a set of oral history interviews that I conducted with sisters from the Vincentian Sisters of Charity, this essay focuses on the how their life stories reinforce the group’s identity as a Slovak American religious order. Their stories about how they joined the convent, the obstacles they faced while in the order, and the work they’ve done in their surrounding communities have contributed to establishing their identity as Slovak American sisters.

Part of 61-03 Religious Expressions of Faith, Trauma, and Critique, Saturday, October 23, 8:30 am–10:00 am