Mercy Response to the Clergy and the Laity: 1928–1960s
Chapter four examines the growing demand for sisters to staff various institutions and the need to educate and prepare its members for ministerial work as teachers or health professionals. This chapter examines the emergence of the Sister Formation Conference, how the Mercys engaged in this movement, and how they attempted to meet the expanding needs of its members while faithfully serving the needs of the Catholic Church. Throughout this period, the American Catholic laity grew in number and maturity and embraced new lay movements like Catholic Action. The Chicago Mercys while separated by monastic-like religious structures were also a part of these developments. These developments in conjunction with the movement to fully educate sisters for ministries prepared the Chicago Mercys for the more dramatic changes of the late 1960s and 1970s.
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