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A NEW BEGINNING FOR THE BEGUINES?

Recent news stories highlighting a growing trend among single women to form intentional communities along spiritual or religious lines make one wonder: Are we seeing the rise of a third wave of the Beguines, a Catholic women’s movement that started in the late twelfth century?

“There [are] many parallels between the Beguines then and women now—women building safety nets to assist each other, living lives that made sense with less economic...

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Jean Hughes Raber teaches journalism at Michigan State University.