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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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Settlements Go South

Settlements Go South

(p.98) 4 Settlements Go South
Neighbors and Missionaries

Margaret M. McGuinness

Fordham University Press

In 1940, Reverend George Lewis Smith invited the Sisters of Christian Doctrine to begin a ministry in the Horse Creek Valley section of South Carolina. Convinced that the model of urban social settlements could be transferred to rural areas, Mother Marianne agreed, and the community established a presence in South Carolina that would continue until a lack of personnel forced them to withdraw in the 1970s. The congregation's work in South Carolina exhibited many of the same characteristics found in Madonna House and Ave Maria House, but the sisters often had to convince their non-Catholic neighbors that they were welcome at the Horse Creek Valley Welfare Center. They also found themselves working to combat the inherent anti-Catholicism of the area. Although their work included religious education and sacramental preparation, the sisters were unable to count many converts to Catholicism among their successes.

Keywords:   Horse Creek Valley, South Carolina, Converts, Anti-Catholicism, Religious education

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