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Rebellious NunsThe Troubled History of a Mexican Convent, 1752-1863$
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Margaret Chowning

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182217

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182217.001.0001

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An Ill-fated Convent for a Pious Town

An Ill-fated Convent for a Pious Town

(p.21) 1 An Ill-fated Convent for a Pious Town
Rebellious Nuns

Margaret Chowning

Oxford University Press

Although María Josepha Lina de la Canal received the money to establish the La Purísima Concepción convent in San Miguel el Grande as inheritance upon her parents' death, the civil and ecclesiastical authorities assured that the convent was not constructed under grief-induced haste as María Josepha Lina was just finishing what her father, Manuel Tomás de la Canal, had started. While María Josepha Lina was to become the first novice of the convent, several early accounts showed almost contradictory statements about her true character towards her parents and the convent. The “official” version of the biography by Díaz de Gamarra points out that Father Alfaro, María Josepha Lina's confessor, “directed” that the convent be established while also recognizing María Josepha Lina's religiosity and obligation to her parents as motivations.

Keywords:   María Josepha Lina de la Canal, La Purísima Concepción convent, Manuel Tomás de la Canal, Father Alfaro, Díaz de Gamarra, religiosity

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