Fighting to Save the City of New York

Margaret M. McGuinness

in Neighbors and Missionaries

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780823239870
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823239917 | DOI:
Fighting to Save the City of New York

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The Sisters of Christian Doctrine opened their first social settlement, Madonna House, in 1910 on the Lower East Side of New York City. The sisters operated a day nursery and kindergarten for children whose mothers worked outside of the home and offered a variety of social, educational, and religious activities, some of which were directed towards specific ethnic constituencies. Their primary work, however, was with their Italian neighbors who attended St. Joachim's Church, an Italian national parish. This ministry led to conflicts with Father Vincent Januzzi, St. Joachim's pastor. Because Mother Marianne believed that the immigrants with whom they worked needed to support their adopted country, she founded the Columbus Volunteers to train young men for service in the armed forces. When the United States entered World War I, the Sisters of Christian Doctrine ministered to veterans suffering from a variety of disabilities.

Keywords: Madonna House; St. Joachim Church; National parishes; Columbus Volunteers; World War I veterans; Father Vincent Januzzi; Scalabrinians

Chapter.  7501 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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