The Modern Nun

Catholic Sisters who entered prior to the Vatican II Council in the 1960s and during the renewal phase of the early 1970s have been witnesses to tremendous changes in Community customs, dress, and ministerial focuses. This exhibit focuses on the Sisters of Charity Federation Sisters who discuss these changing times in-depth or serve as the embodiment of what it means to be a Modern Nun.
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Sister Dorothy Marie Hill of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul discusses the changes that took place in the Catholic Church and the Daughters of Charger following the Second Vatican Council as well as her work combatting homelessness in South Boston. 
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Sister Patricia Haley of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth reveals her decision to enter religious life and her experiences with race and segregation during her novitiate. 
The gallery below houses additional oral histories from other Modern Nuns, including Sister Maryland Anderson of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, who discusses receiving "a little later call from the Lord" and speaks with a novice who also entered later in life.  Sister Susan Wood of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth describes what it was like to enter a Community just after the Vatican II Council and the changes that brought to the Church from a theologian's point of view.