Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Becoming Human. A Story of Transformation through Conflict and Healing

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Becoming Human. A Story of Transformation through Conflict and Healing

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Becoming Human. A Story of Transformation through Conflict and Healing. By Godelieve Prove. (Delft, Netherlands: Eburon Publishers. Distributed by The University of Chicago Press. 2004. Pp. 254. $28.00 paperback.)

Becoming Human is not so much a history of European and American religious life between the 1950's and 1990's, as it is an engaging reflection from a major religious superior identifying the changes and meaning of religious life just before and after the second Vatican Council. Flemish-speaking Godelieve Prove (she does not indicate where she was born) entered the Medical Mission Sisters in 1956, became a medical doctor, a missionary in Malawi (Nyasaland), co-ordinated the Society's work in East Asia, and was elected the major superior of her congregation in 1973. Part One presents what the author terms the "history" of the Medical Mission Sisters and her own life within the group, unfolding the changing configurations in religious life and the personal joys and traumas which were part of those years. Part Two imparts the same material from a personal and corporate psycho-spiritual perspective. The Medical Mission Sisters were founded in 1925 by Anna Dengel (1892-1980), and Prove provides pertinent information and insight upon the foundress's last years in Rome, when, as major superior, Prove lived with Dengel. The conflict and change Dengel experienced when she was no longer the major superior mirror the book's theme in the subtitle, "transformation through conflict and healing. …

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