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Circling Back and Looking Forward

(p.192) Conclusion
Unequal Partners
Casey Ritchie Clevenger
University of Chicago Press

This chapter considers the future of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in the United States and Democratic Republic of Congo with attention to questions of declining membership in the Global North and the reverse missioning efforts of sisters from the Global South. It also addresses the opportunities and challenges presented by embracing a transnational identity and the regional diversity of its membership. The tensions between transnational and local practices among Sisters of Notre Dame reflect longstanding struggles within Catholicism to balance the universal mission and claims of the church with local concerns. Too locally rooted to be global cosmopolitans, Sisters of Notre Dame have formed collective identities that depend on their presence and engagement in both transnational and regional communities.

Keywords:   transnationalism, Catholic sisters, transnational organizations, religious organizations, religious vocations, Democratic Republic of Congo

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