The Young Women of the Extension Lay Volunteers, 1961–1971
Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello examines the experience of the Extension Lay Volunteers. A group mostly of young women recruited from recent graduates of Catholic colleges and universities, the Volunteers assumed roles as teachers and social workers in poverty stricken communities across the United States. Inspired by the pronouncements of Vatican II, their work served to redefine their understanding of their vocation both as women and as faithful Catholics and represented a religious example of the construction of unintentional community during the 1960s.
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