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Changes and Continuities

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823239870.003.0007
Changes and Continuities

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When Mother Marianne died in 1957, the Catholic Church and American society were on the verge of major transformations. Beginning in 1958, the congregation implemented a number of changes in response to the Second Vatican Council and the Sister Formation Conference. Under the direction of Sister Ursula Coyne, who succeeded Mother Marianne as the community's mother general/president, a number of restrictive rules were relaxed to allow members of the community to minister in a more effective manner. In addition, many sisters decided that they preferred small group living arrangements to traditional convents. Faced with declining vocations and an aging population, the congregation began to make important decisions about ministries and resources. Today, some members of the community continue to teach religious education, but many sisters are retired and engaged in a ministry of prayer.

Keywords: Vatican II; Sister Formation Conference; Vocations; Sisters of Christian Doctrine

Chapter.  7509 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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