Volunteering for a Cause: Gender, Faith, and Charity in Mexico from the Reform to the Revolution

Silvia Arrom

University of New Mexico Press. 2016.

This thoughtful study challenges a number of widespread assumptions about the role of Catholicism in Mexican history by examining two related Catholic charities: the male Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Ladies of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. With thousands of volunteers, these lay groups not only survived the liberal reforms of the mid-nineteenth century but thrived, offering educational, medical, and other services to hundreds of thousands of poor people.

Volunteering for a Cause- Gender, Faith, and Charity in Mexico from the Reform to the Revolution