Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America

Maltz Museum - Women & Spirit exhibition, on display through Aug 28, 2010

May 9 – August 28, 2010


A stunning chronicle of the brave and innovative women who played a significant role in shaping our nation, Women & Spirit reveals the remarkable story of pioneering women who established schools, hospitals and other enduring institutions and continue to work for peace and social justice. First arriving on America’s shores almost 300 years ago, Catholic sisters built and led schools, hospitals, orphanages, colleges, and other social institutions at a time when women had few professional opportunities. This fascinating compilation of first-person accounts, rare artifacts, compelling films and important photographs reveals a new perspective on American history, and includes a section of local artifacts and stories from Northeast Ohio.


Women with Spirit, a portion of the exhibition produced by the Maltz Museum, consists of a wall of quotes and a short film by local director Steven Hacker. The quotes are from women throughout history in the areas of faith, determination and service. Space is available for guests to add their thoughts on a woman they admire. In the film, nine women from Northeast Ohio were interviewed by Mr. Hacker to explore how women today integrate their beliefs into their lives and work. The cast features Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, Representative Marcia L. Fudge and Rabbi Sharon Marcus.


A project of The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in association with Cincinnati Museum Center. It comes to Cleveland through the generosity of lead sponsors Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Notre Dame College, PNC and Ursuline College/Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland, with support from The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Cleveland Foundation, Marymount Hospital/Cleveland Clinic, the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, The John P. Murphy Foundation, the Samuel H. and Maria Miller Foundation, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, and The Thomas and Sandra Sullivan Family.