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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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New Community, Same Spirit

New Community, Same Spirit

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Women of Faith

Mary Beth Fraser Connolly

Fordham University Press

Chapter three examines the nature of religious life following amalgamation and throughout the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s as that life became increasingly structuralized but remained faithful to the spirit of their foundress. It begins with a discussion of how these separate but united foundations merged into one. It then takes a closer look at the formation process and how women went from novice to professed Sister of Mercy within the context of a new and more monastic and highly structured religious life of the twentieth century. Chapter three examines how the Mercys strove remain loyal to their founding spirit and faithful members of the institutional Catholic Church.

Keywords:   Chicago Sisters of Mercy, American Catholic women religious, Amalgamation, Twentieth Century Religious life

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