During the sixties a wave of renewals surged through western civilisation, including the Catholic churches and convents. Almost everything changed in the life of religious: their work, their way of life, their appearance and their contacts with each other, and with others. Many left their congregation; others developed a new way of being religious within religious life. This book describes this process of change among the 'Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of Mercy', a congregation with several thousand members and establishments in more than ten countries, and spread over four continents. Based on archival research and many interviews, a diverse picture evolves: of joy because of new opportunities, of pain because of the loss of traditions, of uncertainty about the new direction, but above all of the struggle to remain united as a group, whilst the members are allowed to be diverse.
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This book can be ordered by simply sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state your name, address, any other relevant data and the title of the book you wish to order. Translation of En toch verschillend. Zusters van Liefde van Onze Lieve Vrouw, Moeder van Barmhartigheid 1960-2000; illustrated