LIVING IN GOD’S PROVIDENCE
The purpose of this book is to preserve for Sisters of the Congregation of Divine Providence as well as for the general public significant events in a time of momentous changes, 1943 to 2000. All the Sisters alive in 2000 were interviewed for this book. Their personal reactions and reflections illuminate the inner life of the Congregation, especially during and after the second Vatican Council. The archives of the Congregation and of Our Lady of the Lake University as well as interviews with former members, co-workers, and others associated with the Sisters also provided valuable material.
The Congregation of Divine Providence has contributed significantly to education in the Southwestern U.S. since coming from France to Texas in 1866. By 1961 the Sisters numbered 725 and staffed a college, high schools, and more than 100 elementary schools in the archdiocese of San Antonio alone. They continued to undertake more types of ministry; but because of departures and fewer entrants, they numbered 317 in 1999.
Utilizing 288 interviews of Sisters alive in 2000, this book details more than 50 years of momentous changes and how they affected the Sisters. Their testimonies show that a life of trust in Divine Providence brings challenges, demands, and risks but is never static or boring
“This volume tackles the challenging task of interpreting the story of the enormous transitions in the life of American women religious in the rapidly shifting social and ecclesiastical context since 1943. The author considers the CDPs “well situated to embrace the shifting demands of religious mission because their very heritage was grounded in ongoing transformations . . . played out on a highly charged stage of oppression concerning multi-racial relationships.” This book provides an invaluable insiders’ look at the increasingly varied ministries and changes in community life that have equipped a dedicated group of women religious to continue to serve Divine Providence in the 21st century.”
Rev. Robert E. Wright, OMI
Professor of U.S. Religious History, Oblate School of Theology
Executive Board member, Commission for the Study of Church History in Latin America"
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Published June 29, 2009
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