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Women of FaithThe Chicago Sisters of Mercy and the Evolution of a Religious Community$
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Mary Beth Fraser Connolly

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254736

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254736.001.0001

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“The spirit of our Institute is mercy, as its name denotes”

“The spirit of our Institute is mercy, as its name denotes”

The Nature of Mercy in Nineteenth-Century America

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Women of Faith

Mary Beth Fraser Connolly

Fordham University Press

Chapter one examines the spiritual and community life of the Sisters of Mercy from 1846 to 1929. It explores how the founding charism of Catharine McAuley was transported to the United States and found resonance among Irish and a growing American Catholic female population in the Midwest. In addition, this chapter discusses the expectations for Catholic women in this period and what motivated women in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to enter a religious congregation like the Sisters of Mercy.

Keywords:   Chicago Sisters of Mercy, American Catholic women religious, Nineteenth century foundations

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