If Nuns Ruled the World

If Nuns Ruled the World

Ten Sisters on A Mission

Book - 2014
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"Fascinating profiles" of remarkable nuns, from an eighty-three-year-old Ironman champion to a crusader against human trafficking ( Daily News [New York]).

"In an age of villainy, war and inequality, it makes sense that we need superheroes," writes Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times . "And after trying Superman, Batman and Spider-Man, we may have found the best superheroes yet: Nuns."

In If Nuns Ruled the World , veteran reporter Jo Piazza overthrows the popular perception of nuns as killjoy schoolmarms, instead revealing them as the most vigorous catalysts of change in an otherwise repressive society.

Meet Sister Simone Campbell, who traversed the United States challenging a Congressional budget that threatened to severely undermine the well-being of poor Americans; Sister Megan Rice, who is willing to spend the rest of her life in prison if it helps eliminate nuclear weapons; and the inimitable Sister Jeannine Gramick, who is fighting for acceptance of gays and lesbians in the Catholic Church.

During a time when American nuns are often under attack from the very institution to which they devote their lives--and the values of the institution itself are hotly debated--these sisters offer thought-provoking and inspiring stories. As the Daily Beast put it, "Anybody looking to argue there is a place for Catholicism in the modern world should just stand on a street corner handing out Piazza's book."
Publisher: New York :, Open Road Integrated Media,, 2014.
ISBN: 9781497601901
Branch Call Number: 255.9 Piazza 09/2014
Characteristics: 259 pages ;,21 cm


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Apr 09, 2015

A search for Sister Simone Campbell's writings resulted in my discovery of Jo Piazza's If Nuns Ruled the World. These intriguing profiles of Ten Sisters on a Mission, the book's subtitle, eloquently captures the creativity, determination, faith, humor and focus in the lives of these extraordinary women.

Piazza's writing gives insight into how the sisters answered "the call" and how they live out their lives with dedication and determination. These amazing women are the good news - their agenda is improving the world - they get results.

Yes, the author wrote about The Nun on the Bus - Simone Campbell. She also introduces the reader to Sisters Nora Nash, Donna Quinn and Maureen Fiedler - people you might enjoy meeting.

Piazza's ten women stay with you. You may be awed by their lives, their approaches and results. You may ask "what more could I do?" Read this book and you may get some ideas.


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