Are Missionaries from Mars and Nuns from Venus? Gender Relations in the Oblate Missions of the Canadian North-west

Vol 37 No. 2 (2018)

Raymond Huel
University of Lethbridge

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There is an ambivalence within the Roman Catholic Church in regard to women, tending towards seeing women as either saint or whore, with little nuance in between. Close examination of archival sources internal to the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and the Grey Nuns, in the context of frontier religious environments, reveals the existence of gender relationships that are not significantly different from those of the secular world. Differences are noted in the periods prior to and following the treaty negotiations at the end of the nineteenth century. Modern scholarship serves to extend our understanding of these contexts and the relationships within them.

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Huel, Raymond. Are Missionaries from Mars and Nuns from Venus? Gender Relations in the Oblate Missions of the Canadian North-west. Religious Studies and Theology, United Kingdom. v. 37, n. 2 p. 162-177 Nov 2018. ISSN 1747-5414. https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/RST/article/view/37600. Date accessed: 23 May 2019 doi: 10.1558/rsth.37600. Nov 2018

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