Tim Dulle, Jr. is a Manresa Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Ignatian Service at Saint Louis University. He works as a cultural historian of American Catholicism, with an emphasis on Catholic identity and practice since the Second Vatican Council. His primary research project has focused on the American Pop artist and longtime Roman Catholic nun Corita Kent, and he has taught courses in American Religious History, the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, and Ignatian Spirituality.
This essay presents some historical sources for tracing and understanding Corita Kent’s departure from Catholic religious life and the institutional Catholic church. This effort to make sense of Corita’s spiritual trajectory sheds light on wider trends in Post-Vatican II U.S. Catholic life.