The rise and development of female Catholic education in the nineteenth-century Red River region : the case of Cathetine Mulaire
Boyd, Diane Michelle
The purpose of this study is to examine the development of nineteenth century Catholic female education in the Red River region. Through the exploration of this development and the experience of one student in particular, Catherine Mulaire, this thesis, to a large extent, is a reaction to the sometimes monolithic representation of the Catholic Church. The impact of these clerical personalities and their initiatives upon the community often influenced and shaped the system in different and often conflicting ways. The examples of Monseigneur Joseph- Norbert Provencher, Father Georges Antoine Belcourt, and the Soeurs Grises, are considered here. My intention is to encourage further historical inquiry into the lives of students like Catherine Mulaire, in order to one day better determine the similarities and the differences of their experiences with the Catholic Clergy in Western Canada.