“Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America” is narrated by noted NPR and ABC news analyst Cokie Roberts. Featuring interviews with historians, journalists and sisters, this one‐hour documentary brings to life the inspiring, virtually untold, 300-‐year story of Catholic women religious who have greatly and at times sacrificially contributed to the American landscape. It tells of the courage, entrepreneurial spirit, and indomitable faith exercised by these women during many dramatic moments in U.S. history.
The film is an outgrowth of the highly successful touring exhibit (2009 – 2012) of the same title, sponsored by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the film’s executive producer.
The documentary features rare archival photographs, letters and artifacts never before been shared with the public at large, as well interviews with a wide cross-section of scholars, commentators and sisters. Sister communities contributed rarely seen treasures for the video and advisors reviewed the content for accuracy and balance.
Women & Spirit offers an inside look at the mystery that has shrouded Catholic women religious since they first stepped onto what is now American soil in 1727. It is a truly an American saga, a virtual untold part of U.S. women’s history, and an adventurous true story of the relentless, ongoing pursuit of peace and justice by these courageous, innovative women.
The film is available for sale online. The DVD includes a film study guide and digital catalog that contains images of all the artifacts and panels that comprise the Women & Spirit traveling exhibit. Some of the videos from the Women & Spirit traveling exhibit are included on the DVD. Proceeds from the sale of the DVDs go to support LCWR’s mission of service to Catholic sisters serving in leadership today.