Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Expanding Horizons: Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary 1919-1943

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Expanding Horizons: Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary 1919-1943

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Expanding Horizons: Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary 1919-1943. By Ann M. Harrington. (Dubuque, IA: Mount Carmel Press. 2014. Pp. xii, 185. ISBN 0-974-8082-2-9.)

Expanding Horizons is a history of the Sisters of the Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVMs) during the first half of the twentieth century. As historians of women religious increasingly turn their attention to the role of the Second Vatican Council in the lives and work of sisters and nuns, Ann M. Harrington explains that it is important to understand "what life was like before the changes" (p. 2). During the years covered by this study-1919-43-the congregation was affected by World War I, the Great Depression, and the first years of World W ar II, events that played important roles in the lives of all Americans, including the members of this community and their leaders.

In 1885, the congregation was placed under the jurisdiction of the Holy See rather than a local ordinary; this signaled the beginning of a period of change that encompassed the administrations of Mother Mary Isabella Kane (1919-31) and Mother Mary Gervase Tuffy (1931-43). Harrington frames her study around the administrations of these two women to "provide more convenient access to history through timelines inherent within the congregation's history" (p. …

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