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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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“This Far by Faith”

“This Far by Faith”

Reimagined Religious Life and the Sisters of Mercy

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(p.205) 7 “This Far by Faith”
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Women of Faith
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Mary Beth Fraser Connolly

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823254736.003.0008

Chapter seven examines the nature of religious life following the tumultuous decades of renewal. This chapter explores how the community lived and worked as the meaning of religious life shifted. In a post-Vatican II world and Church, women religious have reinvented or reimagined their places in society and in the Catholic Church (among hierarchy and laity). This chapter looks at how Sisters of Mercy lived from the 1980s to 2008, what diverse ministries drew their focus, and how they came together as one. This chapter also deals with the consequences of a shrinking Mercy community population due to low entrance levels and aging. Lastly, it examines the motivations and process of the merger into West Midwest in 2008.

Keywords:   Chicago Sisters of Mercy, American Catholic women religious, Post Vatican II

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