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Cloistered : my years as a nun / Catherine Coldstream.

"An astonishing memoir of twelve years as a contemplative nun in a silent monastery. Cloistered takes the reader deep into the hidden world of a traditional Carmelite monastery as it approaches the third Millennium and tells the story of an intense personal journey into and out of an enclosed life of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Finding an apparently perfect world at Akenside Priory, in Northumberland, Catherine trusts herself to a group of twenty silent women, believing she is trusting herself to God. As the beauty and mystery of an ancient way of life enfold her, she surrenders herself wholly to its power, quite unaware of the complexity and dangers that lie ahead. Cut off from the wider world for decades, the community has managed to evade accountability to any authority beyond itself. When Sister Catherine realises that a mesmerising cult of the personality, with the distortions it entails, has replaced the ancient ideal of religious obedience, she is faced with a dilemma. Will she submit to this, or will she be forced to speak out? An exploration of the limits of trust, Cloistered shows us how far youthful idealism can take us along the road of self-surrender, and of how much harm is done when institutional flaws go unacknowledged. Catherine's honest account of her time in the monastery - and her dramatic flight from it - is both a love song to a lost community and an exploration of what is most compelling, yet most potentially destructive when closed human groups become laws unto themselves"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781250323514
  • ISBN: 1250323517
  • Physical Description: xxi, 327 pages ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2024.
Subject: Coldstream, Catherine.
Ex-nuns > Great Britain > Biography.
Carmelite Nuns.
Ex-religieuses > Grande-Bretagne > Biographies.
Genre: Informational works.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Status Due Date Courses
RACC New - BX4668.3.C65 C65 2024 (Text)
Grant: Foundation for RACC
33624024975185 New Checked Out 06/11/2024

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