Canbra Hodsdon

Christian Dogma
Location: Freeport, ME
Nationality: United States
Biography: Canbra Hodsdon (b. 1985) is an award-winning photographer from New England. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and received her Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the Massachusetts... read on
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Christian Dogma
Copyright Canbra Hodsdon 2022
Date of Work Mar 2014 - Aug 2014
Updated Sep 2017

In 1535, an order of Ursuline nuns was founded by St. Angela Merici in Italy. Over the centuries, the Ursulines spread throughout Europe and the world, including being the first Catholic nuns to land in the New World in 1639. The height of the Ursuline order at the beginning of the 17th century consisted of roughly 20,000 nuns. Having attended an Ursuline School for 7 years, I remembered the convent attached to the school full of nuns living in their own small community. Over the years, I watched as their numbers began to dwindle and eventually the convent was closed while the majority of the remaining nuns moved to assisted living facilities. I revisited the convent having heard that it was still sitting vacant and photographed what I found. The chapel was exactly as I remembered, but the pews had been removed and sheets were placed over the organ and the altar. Small remnants of the nuns' presence were visible everywhere which amplified their absence even more. Through my images, I strive to capture the remaining sense of community in a place that has since disintegrated and been dismantled.

*Special thanks to Mount Merici Academy, the Mother Superior, Mary Ellen Fitzpatrick, and Vicki Duguay for helping me gain access to these spaces and allowing me to re-visit my old stomping ground.


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