Charity Alive: Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, Halifax, 1950-1980

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University Press of America, 1998 - Religion - 376 pages
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Charity Alive: Sisters of Charity, Halifax, 1950-1980 is the sequel to Sister Maura Power's chronicle of the first one hundred years of the congregation's history (Ryerson, 1956). Based on congregational records and interviews with members of the order, the book traces, describes, and assesses the events which moved the Sisters from the traditional patterns of religious life over the first century into the 1980's. It shows the Sisters' response to the documents of Vatican II and the economic, cultural, and religious challenges during three decades of adaptation, renovation, and renewal. Charity Alive also presents the transformation effected within the congregation which liberated the Sisters and empowered them to reach beyond their traditional ministries of education, health and social services to embrace new forms of ministry such as serving the less visible needs of the economically poor on the fringes of society.
 

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I was there in one of Saint Vincent de Paul orphanage, as an orphan.I guess the time was around 1950's.It may have been in R.I..i Do remember being there even though I was very young.May been you could help me find out when I was there and for how long. M maiden name was Martin,Louise B.Martin,date of birth could be in the 1950,I'M 1/2 Native American Indian(MicMac Indian)I'm trying to find my roots! My e-mail address micmacshaman@gmail.com Please e-mail me Louise 

Contents

The Way We Were 18491949
1
A Century Ends a Century Begins
9
The Fire of 1951 and Aftermath
17
A New Springtime 19511956
29
A Change in Congregational Structure 1956
41
The Provinces 19561962
49
Mount Saint Vincent Motherhouse
65
Renovation and Adaptation in the Fifties
81
The Challenge to Change 19681972
225
A Courageous Leap of Faith
241
Religious Challenges of the 1970s
249
A New Direction for the Seventies
251
A Search for the Spirit of Elizabeth Seton
261
Focus on Mission 19731976
269
Mother Seton Canonized 1975
277
Divestment of Institutions
285

Cultural Challenges of the 1960s
93
The Cultural Revolution of the Sixties
95
New Leadership 1962
99
Mother Seton Honoured 1963
111
Coming of Age the Provinces 19621968
119
Sister Formation Wellesley Hills
145
From College to University
157
A New President for a New Era
171
The Call to the Missions
179
A Covenant of Renewal
191
A Radical Experiment in Sister Formation
207
Adapting to New Structures
217
A Chapter of Full Participation 1976
303
The Provinces Revisited 19721980
311
A New Creation Vice Provinces
331
Shaping the Future Vision of the Congregation
339
EPILOGUE
351
Coat of Arms Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul Halifax
358
THE SISTERS OF CHARITY OF HALIFAX
359
Congregational Leadership
360
INDEX
369
About the Author
376
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About the author (1998)

A professed member of the Sisters of Charity since 1939, Sister Mary Olga McKenna is retired Professor Emerita Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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