Religious Pioneers:
Building the Faith in the Archdiocese of New Orleans

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Review of Events

October 14, 2003: Illustrated lecture preview of Religious Pioneers, Louisiana Historical Society meeting, Round Table Club. Enthusiastically received!

January 25, 2004: The hardcover, 424 page book, copiously illustrated, arrived from Sheridan Books, Inc. in time for the opening at Loyola University's Monroe Library, Center for the Study of Catholics in the South. The book signing featured editors Dawes and Nolan, most of the authors (Including Sr. Pat Marshall from Philadelphia) and several hundred guests, including copy editor Ethel Simpson from University of Arkansas, and graphic illustrator William Reginald Dawes. Over five hundred books were sold before printing, and many of those were collected at the signing.

March 2004: Signings by Dorothy Dawes and Charles Nolan at Catholic Book Store, and by Dawes at St. Alphonsus Cultural Center, Holy Rosary Archival Project, and St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

April 24, 2004: The Honorable Lindy Boggs, former Ambassador to the Vatican, was ill and unable to attend the January 25 signing, but she herself graciously hosted a magnificent afternoon reception/ signing at her historic home at 623 Bourbon Street.

June 27-30, 2004: Susan Devore volunteered to display Religious Pioneers at the History of Women Religious Conference in Atchison, Kansas, and to distribute order blanks from the web site.

January 2005: We look forward to a second printing of Religious Pioneers. (Watch this site for more information to come.)

Don't miss Sr. Madeleine Sophie Hebert's review of the book on this web site. More reviews are coming!

We will post an article by Sr. Dorothy Dawes to appear in a forthcoming issue of the ACWR (Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious) Bulletin on the genesis of the book, Religious Pioneers.

 Religious Pioneers is currently available (August 2004) from this web site and at independent book stores in the New Orleans area:
Arcadian Books, 523-4138
Beaucoup Books, 895-2663
Catholic Book Store, 861-7504
Garden District Books, 895-2266
Historic New Orleans Collection, 598-7171
Holy Rosary Archives Project. 488-2659
Maple Street Book Shop, 866-4916
Old Ursuline Convent Gift Shop. 529-2651
Mule's religious Supply, 889-1708
Pauline Books and Media, 887-7631
Rosaryville Gift Shop, Ponchatoula 1-800-627- 9183
The Seelos Center, 525-2495

Order Forms are available in both Web page and PDF format. (PDF is sometimes better for printing.)

Thanks to Sr. Madeleine Sophie Hebert, MSC, who has contributed our first book review!

ERRATA? When you read the book please note any errors. We may get to make corrections as we go into the second printing. Send error reports to info@religiouspioneers.org.

Do you know of religious pioneers that belong in the book? We are planning to accept contributions about other Religious Pioneers that could be published here on the Web site -- and possibly in print at a later date. Please communicate with our editors if you wish to author new chapters!

The publication of this book is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and a gift from the Greater New Orleans Archivists. It is a project of the Religious Community Archivists of Greater New Orleans.

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