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Neighbors and MissionariesA History of the Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine$
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Margaret M. McGuinness

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823239870

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823239870.001.0001

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From Wellesley College to the Lower East Side

From Wellesley College to the Lower East Side

(p.18) 1 From Wellesley College to the Lower East Side
Neighbors and Missionaries

Margaret M. McGuinness

Fordham University Press

Chapter One begins with the life of Mother Marianne prior to the establishment of the Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine. A graduate of Wellesley College, Marion Gurney served as head resident of New York City's Church Settlement until her conversion to Catholicism in 1897. When Father Clement Thuente, OP, decided to open New York City's first Catholic social settlement, St. Rose's, he hired Gurney as head resident. After leaving St. Rose's, Gurney became involved in the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine before founding a new religious congregation in 1910. She believed that member of her community could not teach religious education effectively unless they understood both the conditions in which their students lived and the struggles faced by their parents. Catholic social settlements would allow the sisters to provide needed services to those around them.

Keywords:   Marion Gurney, Wellesley College, Church Settlement, Social settlements, Immigration, St. Rose's Settlement

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