Building Sisterhood

Building Sisterhood is a collection of essays written by 13 IHM Sisters. The contributors illuminate the little-known world of a very creative and committed community of women – their aspirations, their values and their mission.

An often-neglected part of feminist research, this type of sisterly collaboration affirms the seminal paradigms in women’s work and writing. These essays deal with many of the same issues of power, economic autonomy, friendship, spirituality, socialization and professional commitment encountered in other feminist endeavors.

Building Sisterhood provides an insight into the rigorous training involved in becoming a nun, including the complex relationships between the Monroe community, other IHM sites and within the intricate Church hierarchy. Feminist historian (and IHM Associate) Margaret Susan Thompson places the essays within a historical context and provides detailed background for those unfamiliar with the life, duty and experience of Catholic sisters.

To order

The book is available through the IHM Gift Shop. Call 734-240-8308 or email