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Mission Is Everything

Mission Is Everything

Sisters on the Frontiers of Ministry in Greater Boston

Chapter:
(p.145) Six Mission Is Everything
Source:
Unequal Partners
Author(s):
Casey Ritchie Clevenger
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226697697.003.0006

This chapter describes the growth of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Massachusetts from the arrival of the first sisters in Boston in 1849 to the formation of the Waltham Province in 1922, and the division of the Waltham Province into the Massachusetts and Connecticut Provinces in 1959. Following Vatican II, formal understandings of mission among Sisters of Notre Dame developed alongside global changes in the institutional church. Historically nested within particular parishes and immigrant communities within Greater Boston, sisters put into practice new interpretations of the vow of poverty through their commitment to the local settings where they had worked for decades. Motivated by the call to live in solidarity with impoverished people, the first Sisters of Notre Dame to move out of convents and into public housing projects across Boston during the 1960s and 1970s continued to teach in Notre Dame schools, but became more aware of needs that could not be fully addressed through traditional forms of Catholic education. This chapter highlights how sisters responded to racial integration in South Boston and the closing of Cardinal Cushing Central High School by developing new congregationally sponsored ministries

Keywords:   Vatican II, religious mission, religious ministries, religious work, Boston, Catholic sisters in Boston, Catholic education, Cardinal Cushing Central High School

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