A Reforma e a religiosidade feminina em Goa entre 1721 e 1739

Translated title of the contribution: Reform and Feminine Religiosity in Goa between 1721 and 1739

Ana Ruas Alves*

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The present study aims to characterise Catholic Reformation in the Santa Monica Convent (1721-1739), a community of nuns under the aegis of the Hermits of Saint Augustine friars, focusing on their statutes, daily life, rituals, and rules, and to assess how mental prayer and perfective life were routinely questioned. The troubled relationships between the nuns and the Archbishop, D. Frei Inácio de Santa Teresa, during the whole period of his governance, are analysed. Several questions are enunciated, regarding vocation, discipline, and the vision of a Jacobean bishop. The statutes of the Real Convento de Santa Mónica comprised the community’s discipline, but were they complied with? To model behaviours can be regarded as a long-ranged or as a short-ranged historical phenomenon? Disciplining was a personal or a group act of will? Did conciliar decrees overcome private interests?.

Translated title of the contributionReform and Feminine Religiosity in Goa between 1721 and 1739
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)155-179
Number of pages25
JournalLusitania Sacra
Issue number38
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Mónicas
  • Goa
  • Religiousness
  • Reformation
  • Archbishop of Goa


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