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Franz Hall 026

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21-6-2013 3:15 PM

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21-6-2013 4:30 PM

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This paper asks the difficult question faced by so many Roman Catholic religious orders, how does a religious order transition its mission to its lay faculty and staff as it ages and its number decline. That question alone is a complicated one fraught with difficulties and challenges. The case of the Sister, Servants of the Immaculata Heart of Mary (IHMs) of Immaculata, PA is further complicated. The order has never fully articulated its charism because of its unwillingness to engage in its own history, which involves issues of race, class and ecclesiology that in reality show the challenges faced by female Catholic religious within the American Catholic Church in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. While the sisters serve in a variety of capacities and there are in fact three orders of IHMs in the United States, this paper examines their role specifically within one of the institutions that they founded, Immaculata University.

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Jun 21st, 3:15 PM Jun 21st, 4:30 PM

The Challenge of Transitioning the Mission: The Graying of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Propagation of Mission

Franz Hall 026

This paper asks the difficult question faced by so many Roman Catholic religious orders, how does a religious order transition its mission to its lay faculty and staff as it ages and its number decline. That question alone is a complicated one fraught with difficulties and challenges. The case of the Sister, Servants of the Immaculata Heart of Mary (IHMs) of Immaculata, PA is further complicated. The order has never fully articulated its charism because of its unwillingness to engage in its own history, which involves issues of race, class and ecclesiology that in reality show the challenges faced by female Catholic religious within the American Catholic Church in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. While the sisters serve in a variety of capacities and there are in fact three orders of IHMs in the United States, this paper examines their role specifically within one of the institutions that they founded, Immaculata University.