Neighbors and Teachers

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:
Neighbors and Teachers

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Twenty years after the founding of Madonna House, the Sisters of Christian Doctrine opened a second social settlement. Located in the Bronx, Ave Maria House offered the traditional programs founded in settlement houses, along with religious education classes and sacramental preparation. During the Depression, the sisters stationed at Madonna House operated a bread line for men looking for work. They demonstrated their patriotism during the Second World War by organizing various activities designed to support American troops serving overseas. Because the community received very little financial support from the Archdiocese of New York, they were often reduced to “collecting,” or begging, to fund their ministries. During the 1960s, when changes in social welfare policies combined with deteriorating physical plants made it impractical to continue operating social settlements, the Sisters of Christian Doctrine closed Madonna House and Ave Maria House.

Keywords: Bronx; Ave Maria House; Great Depression; Social settlements; Madonna House; World War II

Chapter.  9722 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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