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ERIC Number: ED530841
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 170
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-6104-8652-1
When the Sisters Said Farewell: The Transition of Leadership in Catholic Elementary Schools
Caruso, Michael P., S.J.
Rowman & Littlefield Education
"When the Sisters Said Farewell" tells an important story of the contributions of Catholic elementary schools to the United States by chronicling the experiences and insights of religious women (nuns) who were the last members of their communities to serve in parish elementary schools, and of those lay men and women who were the first to serve in those roles traditionally filled by the sisters. The dramatic numerical transition from the preponderance of religious women to lay leadership from the 1960s to the 1980s has been documented; this book describes the how and why sisters left Catholic schools. This narrative also provides instructive insights about leadership, transitions, and current trends in religious life and Catholic education. As all educators in Catholic, private, and public schools grapple with questions of delivering an excellent education, this book offers a glimpse into the workings of one of the most amazing educational enterprises in the history of the United States. The following chapters are contained in this book: (1) What Led to the Massive Catholic School System; (2) Finding the Sisters; (3) Preparing the Sisters for Teaching, Making Sacrifices; (4) From the Motherhouse to the Classroom; (5) Working with Pastors; (6) Changes in Religious Life Lead to Departures; (7) The Sisters Reflect upon their Experience; (8) When a School Closed; (9) Lay Leadership Emerges; (10) Transition and Signs of Renewal; and (11) The Future of Catholic Schools and the Legacy of the Sisters. Endnotes and a bibliography are also included. [Foreword by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan.]
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States