Nun of This and Nun of That

Book Two: Making Vows

by Mary Hilaire Tavenner



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/27/2001

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 338
ISBN : 9781401022990
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 338
ISBN : 9781401055967

About the Book

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After leaving her religious order, in October of 1984, Hilaire had two ambitions: to write a realistic book about convent life and to earn a Ph.D. from the University of South Florida. Working full time as a teacher made her realize one of these ambitions would have to wait, so after starting her book, Nun of This and Nun of That, she set it aside for the next eight years until she earned her doctorate.

Her novel spans almost ten years of religious life, starting in 1963 when twenty-five young women all enter a convent in Albany, New York. This is a story of all the girls, but particularly three who enter, live, stay-in and leave religious life for various reasons.

The author invites the reader into the secret cloisters of convent living, beyond the front parlor, once the only space available to visitors. Every life experience is unique to every woman in religious life, but the adventures and journeys of these three girls reveal the joys, sorrows, trials, tribulations, and triumphs of convent living during and after the Second Vatican Council. Dr. Tavenner calls her book, realistic fiction though most of it is based on true stories.

Dr. Tavenner living among her community members for almost twenty years, and even while in the convent began the groundwork and outlines for this book. Many may be incensed or indignant of her portrayal of characters, but for the men and women familiar with convent living, the Church and priesthood of the 1960's, Nun of This and Nun of That is deja vu.

About the Author

Dr. Mary Hilaire (Sally) Tavenner of Dutch Ink Publishing is an educator, public speaker, and author of six books; (seven, including her dissertation.) She has consulted for a 3 million docudrama on the life of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, attended Mother Seton’s Canonization in 1974 and Mother Marianne Cope’s Beatification in 2005. Tavenner taught several thousand children and adults during her career as an educator in New York, Ohio, Florida and Puerto Rico. She has served as an adjunct for the University of South Florida, Tiffin University, Cleveland State, Ashland University and Lorain County Community College. Dr. Tavenner is the President of the Friends of Helen Steiner Rice, a world-famous poet from her hometown of Lorain, Ohio. Dr. Tavenner is currently self-employed, working for “Dutch Ink”, a publishing business named in honor of her mother “Dutch”. “Dr. T” also teaches ESOL, part-time for Lorain City Schools Adult Education. Dr. Hilaire (Sally) Tavenner can be contacted via her website: and her books are available from her website as well as every bookstore in America, upon request.