The life of Catholic foundress Cornelia Connelly was ruled by men. Was her obedience to them holy?

“O my love, I have wished to be a Catholic in my acts of love but I am afraid in truth & spirit have been but a discontented protestant,” Cornelia Connelly wrote to her husband. He had just informed her that they would be converting from Episcopalianism to Catholicism, and she would be required to become a nun so that he could become a priest. She complied. Yet to Cornelia, that was insufficient—it was not enough to go willingly. She had to go joyfully, too.

I’m at America magazine telling the story of Cornelia Connelly.

The life of Catholic foundress Cornelia Connelly was ruled by men. Was her obedience to them holy?

Published by Catherine Addington

I am a translator from Spanish to English and a writer on saints, myths, and icons in both religious and secular contexts.

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