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The Aquinas Lecture Series at Saint Thomas Aquinas Chapel in Storrs is pleased to present Sister Dolores Liptak, RSM


“To Bind Up the Wounds”: Sisters in the U.S. Civil War

Wednesday, November 2nd, 7:30 p.m.
St. Thomas Aquinas Student Center
46 North Eagleville Road on the UConn Storrs Campus

During the course of the U.S Civil War, more than 640 Catholic Sisters from 21 congregations volunteered to care for the wounded and dying in both Union and Confederate battlefields or hospitals. These sisters quickly became the largest band of women (1/5 of the entire numbers of nurses who enlisted) and rapidly gained deep respect from the President, generals, officers, and civic leaders. They especially earned the undying gratitude of the soldiers they served. It may even be said that the love and care given by these sister-nurses became the most potent reason why the American Catholic minority was never again treated with the vicious prejudice against them that had typified the prewar era.

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A Connecticut native, Sister Dolores Liptak, RSM, received her first 16 of education in Connecticut Catholic schools. After entering the Sisters of Mercy, she began her ministry by teaching students from second grade to graduate school. She earned her PhD from the University of Connecticut and is the author of European Immigrants and the Catholic Church in Connecticut, Immigrants and Their Church, and Hartford’s Catholic Legacy: Leadership. She also edited the books Pioneer Healers and Marvels of Charity. Sister has been devoted to organizing archives involving Catholic minorities, especially immigrants and women religious. She has taught Catholic history in graduate schools in Maryland and Washington, DC, and, for the past 20 years, at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. She has also served as first President and/or co-founder of the Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious and the Conference of Historians of Women Religious.

All are welcome to this public talk. Please join us!