The Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions: From Ultramontane Origins to a New Cosmology
This book traces the journey taken by the Canadian Province of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions / Religieuses de Notre Dame des Missions (RNDM), from its establishment in Manitoba in 1898 to 2008, when the congregation as a whole redefined its mission and vision. Using archival research conducted in Canada, England, and Italy and incorporating oral interviews with RNDM sisters, this book explores the historical work of the sisters in schools and the part they played in the developing educational state.
The congregation’s activities in schools, first in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and later in Ontario and Quebec, show how the sisters’ educational work related to the social characteristics of the communities they worked in (e.g., those of French Canadian settlers, British and continental European immigrants, and the Métis population). The Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions examines the impact of Vatican II in the 1960s and into the 2000s as well as the dismantling of neo-scholasticism and the process of secularization of consciousness in society at large. These emerging issues led the congregation to examine its individual and collective identity at the intersection of feminist theology, eco-spirituality, and a critique of Western cosmology.
- World Rights
- Page Count: 384 pages
- Illustrations: 49
- Dimensions: 6.6in x 1.1in x 9.3in
"This study is a well-written account of the history of a religious congregation that deserves its recognized place in Canadian religious, education, women’s, and social history. Rosa Bruno-Jofré traces the educational ministry of the community, placing the story within the larger contexts of events taking place in Canada, the world, and the Catholic Church; and the result is a fine study of how a religious community has ministered in central and western Canada since 1898."
Margaret McGuinness, Department of Religion and Theology, La Salle University
"This is an excellent of the work of the Religieuses de Notre Dame des Missions (RNDM) / Our Lady of the Missions, in Canada, from 1898 until 2008. It is an outstanding contribution to the growing corpus of work on female religious around the world. All through, readers are engaged in a most engaging account of the work on the congregation. This reaches the level of fascination in the exposition on its embracement in recent years of eco-spirituality, the celebration of what it is to be a woman, and social justice."
Professor Tom O’Donoghue, Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Graduate School of Education, The University of Western Australia
"With her robust combination of theory, archival research, and oral interviews, Bruno-Jofre has made a major contribution not only to the history of women religious, but to the histories of Prairie education, Catholicism, and feminism. Her integration of the often separated areas of education, religion, immigration, and gender is a model for scholars in any of these fields."
Heidi E. MacDonald, Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of New Brunswick
Author InformationRosa Bruno-Jofré is professor and former Dean of the Faculty of Education, cross-appointed to the Department of History at Queen’s University.
Table of contents
List of Illustrations
Introduction: Coming to Life at the Intersection of Ultramontanism and Colonialism
Part One. Contextualizing the Vision of the Foundress
1. Who Were the RNDMs? Arrival in Canada (1898) and Transnational Ethos
2. Foundational Thoughts on Education and the Interplay of Locality, Congregational Structure, and Church Teachings
Part Two. Educational Apostolate in Time and Space: The Schools in Canada
3. Manitoba in the Early Years: Building a French-Canadian Identity with the RNDM Foundations
4. English-Speaking Communities, Immigrants, and the Quest for Social Recognition in Manitoba
5. The RNDM in Saskatchewan: Residential, Parish, Separate, and Private Schools for Girls
6. The Dusty Years to the Post-War Years
7. The Church and the Classroom before Vatican II: Spirituality in the Schools and Recruitment
8. The 1960s: Changing Context and New Experiences
Part Three. The Reception of Vatican II: Epistemic Shifts and Visionary Changes
9. The Setting That Framed the Reception of Vatican II
10. Resignifying Vision and Mission: The 1990s and 2000s, and the Movement towards Eco-Spirituality
Part Four. The Province Engages in a Foreign Mission
11. The Mission in Peru
Conclusion: Coming Full Circle
Appendix A. Making Sense of Memories: Conversation among Former Provincials – A Literal Transcription
Appendix B. Religieuses de Notre Dame des Missions (RNDM) Sisters’ Houses in Canada
Subjects and Courses