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ERIC Number: ED523978
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 240
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-0524-6
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The Discernment Process of the Sisters of Saint Dominic regarding the Continued Sponsorship of Its Secondary Schools
Tavis, Patricia
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Seton Hall University
The purpose of this dissertation was to examine the factors that a congregation of women religious, the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell, New Jersey, must consider in order to continue its sponsored relationship and the extent of this sponsored relationship with its secondary educational ministries for the future. This descriptive and historical study examined the following areas: sponsorship, sustainability, change, the Congregation's "Conceptual Design Process," and various areas of influence, such as mission, charism, finances, and congregational demographics. The members of the Sisters of Saint Dominic considered each of these areas as they examined the sponsored relationship of the Congregation with the three secondary schools in the study. A review of the literature revealed that there is little written regarding the sponsorship of secondary schools by congregations of women religious. This dissertation utilized a researcher self-constructed survey to determine the factors that a congregation of women religious must consider in order to continue its sponsored relationship and the extent of this sponsored relationship with its secondary educational ministries for the future. The data was gathered from 139 respondents of the survey, all professed members of the Congregation. The significant findings revealed the following: (a) the Congregation values and holds dear the mission, vision, charism, and heritage of the congregation; (b) the Congregation is committed to stewardship of the heritage, mission, and resources of the congregation; (c) the Congregation believes in collaboration with the laity to share the responsibilities for the mission of the Church through a sponsored relationship with the institutions; (d) sponsorship is a concept that is evolving and needs to be customized to the respective ministries dependent on their nature and purpose; (e) sustainability is broader than finances; and (f) there are canonical and civil responsibilities that must he honored as long as the Congregation stays in a sponsored relationship with the respective secondary schools. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey