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Cuban Convents in the Age of Enlightened Reform, 1761–1807$
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John J. Clune Jr.

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032177

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032177.001.0001

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Orthodox Convent Reform and Progressive Social Measures

Orthodox Convent Reform and Progressive Social Measures


(p.62) 5 Orthodox Convent Reform and Progressive Social Measures
Cuban Convents in the Age of Enlightened Reform, 1761–1807

John J. Clune

University Press of Florida

This chapter analyzes the attempt to make-over the contemplative female religious communities or convents of Havana-Santa Clara, Santa Catalina, and Santa Teresa in Cuba and turn them into institutions of female education. It explains that despite the reestablishment of the communal regimen the nuns continued to reject the common-life. The chapter discusses the slow progress of common-life reform at Santa Clara, the failure to stem the tide to secular admission at Santa Clara, and the solicitation of a papal bull to make new world convents sites of female education.

Keywords:   convent reforms, educational institutions, Cuba, common-life reforms, nuns, papal bull

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