Guide to the Catholic Sisterhoods in the United States, Fifth Edition

Guide to the Catholic Sisterhoods in the United States, Fifth Edition

Edited by THOMAS P. McCARTHY
With foreword by THE MOST REVEREND AMLETO GIOVANNI CARDINAL CICOGNANI
introduction by THE MOST REVEREND EGIDIO VAGNOZZI
Copyright Date: 1964
Pages: 416
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    Guide to the Catholic Sisterhoods in the United States, Fifth Edition
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    In this edition, the communities of sisters have been arranged according to their general apostolic work, viz., contemplative, domestic, foreign and home missions, nursing, retreat and social work, teaching, and writing and publications.

    eISBN: 978-0-8132-2073-4
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-v)
  3. FOREWORD
    (pp. vii-vii)
    The Most Reverend Amleto Giovanni Cardinal Cicognani

    From all sections of the country, metropolitan, rural, and missionary, and from beyond the borders of this land, the constant appeal of bishops can be heard: “Where can we find more Sisters to staff our schools, our hospitals, our institutions, our missionary projects?” If thisGuide to the Catholic Sisterhoods in the United Statesserves young women blessed with a vocation, encourages others to consider a religious calling or even prompts others to take the step sooner, its publications will be more than justified and the efforts of its author, the Reverend Thomas P. McCarthy, C.S.V., will be amply rewarded....

  4. INTRODUCTION
    (pp. ix-x)
    Egidio Vagnozzi

    The Church, the Body of Christ, is in our day sorely afflicted. Christians of this generation can easily perceive how true it is that Christ, the Head of the Mystical Body, has need of his members. The welfare of His Body the Church requires, in the words of St. Paul, “the functioning in due measure of each single part” (Eph. 4, 16). Because “we have gifts differing according to the grace that has been given us” (Rom. 12, 6), the health of the Mystical Body is most effectively fostered when each member is using his gifts to best advantage within...

  5. PREFACE TO THE FIFTH EDITION
    (pp. xi-xii)
  6. I CONTEMPLATIVES: STRICTLY- CLOISTERED (Major Enclosure) and SEMI-CLOISTERED (Minor Enclosure) also Teaching … Retreat and Social Work … Catechetics …
    (pp. 1-32)

    History:The Regina Laudis Monastery was founded by Mother Benedict Duss, an American nun of the Benedictine Abbey of Jouarre, France. The Archbishop of Hartford graciously accepted the foundation and enclosed the community of eight nuns in September, 1948.

    Purpose:The apostolate consists chiefly in the solemn celebration of the liturgy. The nuns offer the official prayer of the Church for the needs of the entire world. Day and night they prolong the praise which Christ, during His earthly life, offered to His Eternal Father. That lay-women may participate in their liturgical life, the nuns maintain a guest house where...

  7. II DOMESTIC WORK
    (pp. 33-38)

    History:Father Elzear Delamarre founded this congregation in Chicoutimi, Canada, July 2, 1904. The first foundation was established in the United States in 1932. Today the sisters are located at Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts; Maryknoll Junior Seminary, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania; Maryknoll Seminary, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and at Notre Dame Rectory, Springvale, Maine.

    Purpose:The primary objective of the Antonian Sisters is twofold: to help the clergy in any capacity and to encourage vocations to the priesthood. This assistance is fulfilled in the following ways: by taking charge of culinary departments of seminaries and colleges whose students are preparing for the...

  8. III FOREIGN MISSIONS
    (pp. 39-68)

    History:Father Joseph Allamano, the founder of the Consolata Fathers for Foreign Missions in 1901, and nephew of St. Joseph Cafasso, founded this congregation in Turin, Italy, in 1910. The sisters opened their first foundation in the United States in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1954.

    Purpose:The aim of the society is the sanctification of its members by means of the propagation and conservation of the Faith in mission lands. Since 1913 they have established mission foundations in Kenya, Somaliland, Tanganyika, and Mozambique, Africa, and in Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia, South America.

    Spiritual Life:The religious exercises include Holy Mass,...

  9. IV HOME MISSIONS
    (pp. 69-92)

    History:Marie Ellerker founded this congregation in Leicester, England, in 1908. The members who made up this original group worked for some time as Dominican Tertiaries under the direction of Father Vincent McNabb, O.P. They established their first foundation in the United States in 1920. Eight years later they became part of the Carmelite Order, and were given papal approbation in 1958.

    Purpose:The sisters cooperate in the priestly ministry by teaching catechism and visiting the sick. Catechetical and parish work is carried on in all houses of the congregation even when the sisters are engaged in administering institutions such...

  10. V NURSING
    (pp. 93-130)

    History:Mother Luisa Josefa of the Blessed Sacrament founded this community in Mexico in 1904. Sixteen years later the congregation was affiliated with the Discalced Carmelites and later became a pontifical institute. In 1927 during the religious persecution raging in Mexico, Mother Luisa Josefa brought the community to the United States.

    Purpose:The primary aim of the congregation is the personal sanctification of its members. Their apostolic activities include nursing, teaching, retreat work, and the care of orphan children and those from broken homes.

    Spiritual Life:The religious exercises include. Holy Mass, one hour of mental prayer, the recitation of...

  11. VI RETREAT AND SOCIAL WORK
    (pp. 131-150)

    History:Humble among the humble, she lived humbly.” In the chapel of the first house of the congregation, founded in 1826 in the tiny mountain town of La Louvesc, France, these words are inscribed in marble above the altar of Mother Thérèse Couderc, foundress, declared Blessed in 1951. From the seed of her humility have grown and flourished 70 retreat houses for women, on five continents. At present there are 21 houses in the two North American provinces, oases of prayer, spiritnal renewal, and apostolic inspiration for American womanhood.

    Purpose:Conducting retreats for women and girls and teaching Christian doctrine...

  12. VII TEACHING AS A MAJOR APOSTOLATE
    (pp. 151-180)

    History:This community, also known as the Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, was established in 1852 for the education of girls in both grade and high schools and for the care of children in orphanages. The motherhouse is in Bogota, Colombia, South America. The congregation has five provinces located in Italy, South and Central America, and one foundation in Dallas, Texas.

    Purpose:The members of this congregation, who take the three simple vows, have dedicated themselves to the salvation of souls through the apostolate of teaching and Catholic Action.

    Spiritual Life:The religious exercises of this community include...

  13. VIII TEACHING also Nursing … Social Work … Missions … Retreat Work … Catechetics … Specialized Education …
    (pp. 181-372)

    History:Father Casper Rehrl, a zealous pioneer from Austria, founded this community at Barton, Wisconsin, in 1858. Mother Mary Agnes Hazotte was the first Superior General. In 1870 she transferred the motherhouse to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Father Frances Haas, O.F.M.Cap., spiritual director of the congregation, wrote the rules approved on July 11, 1880, by Pope Leo XIII.

    Purpose:The more than eight hundred professed sisters teach on the elementary, secondary, and college levels, maintain four hospitals, and two schools of nursing, and conduct a home for the aged, an orphanage, and a hospice for travelers. These institutions are located...

  14. IX WRITING AND PUBLICATIONS
    (pp. 373-386)

    History:Father James Alberione, S.S.P., founded this congregation in 1915 in Italy. As apostles in twenty-four countries and coast to coast in the United States, the sisters of this community enjoy a common family spirit through the directives of their co-foundress and present Mother General Thecla Merlo.

    Purpose:The members of this congregation are engaged in a unique positive use of mass media of communications, by which they endeavor to replace indecent literature, obscene motion pictures, misleading radio programs, and objectionable television programs in order to bring men to a better knowledge and love of God. The sisters write, design,...

  15. SECULAR INSTITUTES
    (pp. 387-388)
  16. GLOSSARY
    (pp. 389-391)
  17. APPENDIX
    (pp. 392-394)
  18. GEOGRAPHICAL INDEX
    (pp. 395-399)
  19. INDEX
    (pp. 400-404)